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UFC/MMA News: Jon Jones rips haters ahead of return

Jon Jones lashes out at haters.

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News 17 Feb 2018, 21:34 IST
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Jon Jones (Left) scored a vicious KO of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, however, tested positive for steroids in the days ensuing the bout
Jon Jones (Left) scored a vicious KO of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, however, tested positive for steroids in the days ensuing the bout

What’s the story?

Jon Jones has taken to social media to put forth a scathing message to all his haters.

Apparently, Jones attributes their hate towards him, to things they simply won’t understand. Besides, Jones also chimed in with some colourful language in his message on Twitter.

In case you didn’t know…

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is the former long-reigning UFC light-Heavyweight Champion and widely regarded by many as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

However, Jones failed a USADA test in 2016 and was issued a brief suspension for the same—with Jones and his team attributing the drug test failure to his usage of tainted sexual enhancement pills.

After being reinstated in a matter of months, Jones faced Daniel Cormier for the latter’s UFC Light-Heavyweight title at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California in July of last year—knocking the latter out with a vicious headkick and follow-up punches & elbows on the ground in the third round of their bout.

The heart of the matter

Nevertheless, while Jon Jones recaptured the UFC Light-Heavyweight title at UFC 214, he tested positive for Turinabol (an anabolic steroid) and was stripped of the belt—with Daniel Cormier being reinstated as the UFC 205-pound champion of the world.

Intriguingly, Jones and his camp recently insinuated that he could challenge either Stipe Miocic or Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship in December of this year—adding that they’ll be outraged if Jones is handed down a lengthy suspension for his 2017 drug test failure.

In the months that followed his drug test, Jones has vehemently denied any steroid usage on his part, and claimed to be innocent of any wrongdoing. Furthermore, Jones has now taken to Twitter, and asserted that his haters can s*** one. Here’s what his statement read—

“Let me talk to my haters…Blame my greatness on things you simply will never understand. Hard work. Passion. S*** one.”

What’s next?

Latest results of Jon Jones’ drug samples have been inconclusive, and most experts believe that Jones could indeed return to the sport this year.

Jones is also set to attend his CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) hearing on February 27th which could determine how long, if at all, Jones is suspended from MMA competition.

Meanwhile, Jones’ arch rival and reigning UFC Light-Heavyweight titlist Daniel Cormier competes against UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic in a Super-Fight, with the latter’s belt on the line at UFC 226 in July of this year.

Author’s take

Honestly speaking, should Jones be truly guilty of knowingly using steroids, he ought to be punished for his crimes.

However, if the powers that be find him innocent, it’d be intriguing to see how he matches up against either Cormier (who doesn’t have to go through a hellacious weight-cut at Heavyweight) or opposite the heavy-handed Stipe Miocic in the 265-pound weight-class, later this year. 

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