The UFC’s president has apparently closed the book on the Jon Jones-saga for good following his latest failure at the hands of USADA.
Jon Jones’ fall from grace was a moment in MMA history that just felt almost surreal when the news hit. In this sport, the shocks and surprises are just part-and-parcel of the game, but when it came to Jon Jones and his latest high-profile failure, it was almost as though the MMA community collectively felt betrayed by the man who really was their most talented star.
It wasn’t a case of Jones being one of those fighters who turned to PED’s to get an extra edge as their career moved into its decline, the complete and utter doubt that has been cast over his entire career – guilty or not – really has been a tough pill for those faithful to the sport to swallow.
He had it all. The look, the physicality, the technique, the fight-IQ and that critical special something to tie it all together.
His resumé is without a doubt the most spectacular in the history of the UFC, but for those who witnessed his great rise and lengthy title-run, the asterisk over some or even all of those wins has greatly damaged the reputation of the (virtually) unbeaten superstar.
Now, with his future completely up in the air, UFC president Dana White spoke to TSN about his views on the disgraced former-champion and how he just cannot see himself becoming emotionally invested in his career again.
“It would be the biggest waste of talent ever. Ever, in all of sports. The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.
“Whatever happens, happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”
It might seem harsh from the UFC’s head-honcho on this one but in truth, I think it’s safe to say that it will be near-impossible to trust this man again. Of course, no one knows exactly how things will play out in the next chapter of Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones’ life, but really, we’ll remember this saga for a very long time and will still feel its effects well after he does, in fact, hang up his gloves.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena