If you have watched MMA for as long as I have, then you will of course know who Jon “Bones” Jones is – he is arguably the most talented martial artist to compete in the UFC.
He has in his stunning career amassed a 23-1 record, against the best fighters in the world. He has defeated the likes of: Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier (twice) and many other great fighters.
But unfortunately his career particularly in the past 5 years has been rampant with failed drugs tests, damaging and criminal allegations outside of the cage, as well as actual convictions for crimes outside of the cage, perhaps most notoriously when he was sentenced to 18 months probation for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident in April 2015 involving a pregnant woman.
Just recently after his highly impressive rematch win at UFC 214 against his arch rival Daniel Cormier, Jones failed a drugs test the day before the fight for Turinabol, which is a banned substance (steroid) that, apparently carries a two-year suspension from USADA for first-time offenders and longer for multiple-time offenders.
This video gives a good overview of the controversy of Jon Jones –
So where do we go from here?
Well its definitely difficult to say but as we just mentioned, it is likely that there could be a stiff penalty for Jones. However, and this is where it gets tricky – Jon Jones actually passed a post-fight blood screening administered by USADA on July 29th in the aftermath of his UFC 214 match against Daniel Cormier.
The negative test was done just one day after Jones’ July 28th urine screening, which tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. Although, the USADA blood screenings do not test for Turinabol, thus the July 29th test would not have discovered any trace of Turinabol in Jones’ system.
But just as with the build up to UFC 214 all MMA fans had to wait nearly 2 years to see him against Cormier in their rematch recently, it does however sadden me to think that we may have to get used to the idea of not seeing Jones again for at least a few years.
Is there a conspiracy?
Now Jones himself has openly admitted to enjoying a party life outside of the cage, at times even bragging about taking weed, cocaine and sex drugs. Now while I don’t mind a bit of weed and know many fighters and athletes that use it, I cannot condone or suggest cocaine or sex drug use for myself or anyone.
However, many people believe Jones is being set up, that there is an active plot within the UFC to drag Jon Jones’ name through the mud. Because despite many asking why would the UFC owners want to lose one of their big draws by setting him up to fail drugs tests?
The reality is that the UFC owners have always had a ruthless view that “we build who we want and crash who we want” also it must be noted that many active UFC fighters have often displayed jealousy and resentment towards Jones due to his skill in the cage and controversial behaviour outside of the cage.
So one could assume that some of these fighters could possibly want to see Jones removed from the sport, by attempting to sabotage it in someway and its not as if nobody noticed Jon Jones’ mother dying just before his return fight – this is all purely conjecture at this stage though.
Another thread of the conspiracy theories circling Jon Jones, is the fact that he is a high paid black athlete, and sometimes in the fight game and in life in general people can be ostracised and flat out abused because of their ethnic heritage.
Anyone who does not understand how racism is involved in MMA, then you need to look closer at certain things, I mean just listen to the crowd at certain events. I’ve been watching UFC since UFC 1 and the amount of times you hear nationalistic and sometimes outright racist chants from the crowd is a lot.
Current UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been more vocal then most active UFC black fighters about how racism is involved in MMA and humans in general. I for one agree with some things Woodley has been saying on the topic, and I certainly would like to see racism in general removed from humanity.
Its hard to say if there is a conspiracy against Jones at this stage, or if Jones himself really has just been a loose cannon for years. But lets just say that if anything worse happens to Jon Jones in the future, then this conspiracy debate will go to unprecedented levels.
No matter what happens JJ is one of the greatest ever
But ultimately while us MMA fans wonder about the mysterious enigma that is the life of Jon Jones, the reality is that no matter what has been done before, no matter what Jones does in the future –
Ultimately he is one of the greatest martial artists I have ever had the pleasure to watch, his undefeated streak will always go down as legend in the halls of the UFC even if he never fought again for the rest of his life.
So I am proud to have been privileged to have watched Jon Jones compete in my life time, because his performances will never be forgotten, despite the controversy that has followed him his whole career –
I myself have my own fair share of controversy in my life, so I can also relate to Jon Jones from a perspective of a Martial Artist and also having personal life issues, in the past and like myself I hope Jones finds a way to get his personal life issues behind him for good oneday.
I for one certainly just want to see Jon Jones compete in MMA again sooner rather then later, and you can be sure that we will keep you up to date on how this story develops right here at the MMAGateway.
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