In September 2013, after defeating Alexander Gustafsson in a five-round thriller, Jon “Bones” Jones was at the height of his popularity. The UFC light heavyweight champion had defended his title for the sixth time and had an almost perfect record, with the only blemish on his resume being a DQ loss for throwing illegal elbows in his fight against Matt Hamill, which he was winning until he got disqualified.
Soon after his title defense against Gustafsson, things started to unravel for Jones.
Jones would go on to defend his title against Glover Teixeira and Daniel Cormier, but a few months after his win over Cormier, Jones would be stripped of his belt because he violated the UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy. If you love to watch UFC 232 Jones vs Gustafsson 2 then Ufc fight pass is best place for you to join and watch .
Jones’ troubles began in January 2015, after he tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine. At the time, benzoylecgonine was not a banned out of competition substance according to the World Anti-Doping Agency, which meant the Nevada State Athletic Commission couldn’t prevent him from fighting at UFC 182.
The UFC fined Jones $25,000 for violating the company’s personal conduct policy and the champion checked into a rehab facility, which he checked out of after 24 hours.
In the lead up to his next fight, Jones gave an interview in which he addressed the failed drug test. “I’m not a cocaine addict by any means or not even a frequent user. I just made a really dumb decision and got caught with my pants down in this whole situation.”
In April 2015 an arrest warrant was issued for Jones, who allegedly ran a red light and caused an accident that injured a pregnant woman. After the accident, Jones fled the scene, but he was identified by an off-duty police officer who witnessed the accident.
According to other witnesses, a man fitting Jones’ description returned to the scene and grabbed some cash from his vehicle before running away again. The police searched the vehicle and noticed the paperwork in the car showed it was a rental that was under the names Jonathan Jones. They also found a pipe and some marijuana in the car.
With mounting evidence that he was the driver of the car, Jones eventually turned himself in and posted a $2,500 bail.
After his arrest, UFC president Dana White traveled to New Mexico to meet with Jones and inform him that he was being stripped of his light heavyweight title. In September 2015, Jones pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
In April 2016, Jones returned to the Octagon and set his sights on winning back his belt. He defeated Ovince Saint Preux in his first fight back, winning the interim light heavyweight belt, and setting up a rematch with Cormier.
Jones was scheduled to fight Cormier in 2016, but a failed drug test forced the UFC to replace him with Anderson Silva. At the time, Jones said the failed test was the result of sexual enhancement pills he had been taking.
In 2017, after his rematch with Cormier, Jones tested positive again, this time for an anabolic steroid, which led to his 15-month suspension, which ends on October 28.
With Jones finally been cleared to fight again, the question is can he regain his past glory?
Physically, he looked good when he fought Cormier in 2017, but that was likely because of the steroids. Now that he has failed two tests for performance-enhancing drugs, the former champion has to be careful not to fall back into old habits because a third strike will all but end his career.
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At 31, Jones still has a lot of years in the sport, but if he doesn’t dedicate himself to his profession and continues to party, don’t be surprised if he is out of the sport in the next two years.