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UFC News: Dana White says Jon Jones will never headline a UFC event until he changes

Adithya Pai
399   //    12 Nov 2016, 17:31 IST
Jon Jones stripped again!

Jon Jones continues to bring disgrace to the sport, the UFC, and himself. Despite trying to prove his innocence, Jones has been suspended for a year for failing an out-of-competition drug test back in July.

As a result, the UFC President Dana White has lost confidence in the former champion and has banned Jones from headlining any more events. 

Dana White stated that he wouldn’t let the former pound-for-pound kingpin fight until he Jones tried to be professional and turn a new leaf in his career. This is what White had to say to Sirius XM regarding the situation: 

“I don’t (trust him), no. I don’t,” White said. “In my opinion, I would never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again. I’d put him on the card, but I wouldn’t headline with him until he consistently gets back on track.

Millions of dollars are spent on this. For a card to fall apart, and how many cards have fallen apart because Jon Jones gets in trouble for something? So no, I’m not at that place with him.”

Jones was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier in a title unification bout at UFC 200 but was flagged out two days prior to the event. Initially, his lawyer had stated that the supplements he had consumed during his training were contaminated, with a second test later confirming as much.

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But this didn’t mean that Jones could claim complete innocence. Since he was aware of taking the supplements, he would be penalised for that. The NSAC has banned him from the Octagon until next July. To make things worse, UFC decided to strip him of his interim light-heavyweight belt as well.

This won’t be the first time that Jones has been stripped of a title. After his hit-and-run incident, the UFC had decided to take away his lightweight title after he had defended it 8 times. The extreme step was taken so he could focus on the legal cases that were revolving around him.

Jones had expressed his desire to clash in the cage with Anthony Johnson rather than fight Cormier for the second time. Johnson and Cormier will battle it out for the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 206 in Canada. 

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