UFC President Dana White had previously been frank towards the situation with Jon Jones pertaining to the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s hit-and-run incident. Apparently, White has said that after the issues of the hit-and-run are legally rectified, Jones has “one last chance” in the UFC. If Jones takes it or not is a decision he needs to take, but according to his manager, he may never return.
Still, Dana White is sticking to his word that Jon Jones does have one last chance. Not only that, it is reported that upon Jones’ return (if he decides to return), he will get an immediate title shot for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
According to Jim Rome, Dana White made the statement during an appearance on the Jim Rome Radio Show for CBS Sports Radio, May 20, 2015.
“He comes right back and fights for the title. He hasn’t had the time that Anderson Silva’s had, but he’s the most dominant champion. If you look at the murderer’s row of the 205-pound division that he went through, and he went through it like a hot knife through butter. He’s the man.
“Whenever he gets his stuff together, he’d come right back and fight for the title.”
However, the issue is not if Jon Jones may or may not come back, but the situation with his legal issues. Fox Sports reports that Jones may face up to three years in prison if he is found guilty. Also, there is the possibility that Jones may also face a civil suit too.
This also brings up a hypothetical question MMA fans are asking on community boards and groups. Going by the worst-case scenario for Jones, after he serves his allocated number of years of prison time, will he even be able to fight in UFC, or any MMA brand. Three years is a lot of ring rust to shake off and he may not be the same monster in MMA prior to his legal issues.
Whatever the outcome may be, Jon Jones can rest assured that Dana White will grant him a title shot upon his return. As time goes by however, White will most likely add a timetable to how long he can keep his word.
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