After longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was stripped of his title following his actions outside of the cage, he was far less present on social media. However, the former pound-for-pound best has returned to the world of social media, as he predicted that his biggest rival and current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defeat Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 206.
Jones — who is currently inactive following a failed drug test in July — became the interim UFC light heavyweight champion earlier this year after he defeated Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision. Most believed that Jones looked rusty during the fight and that he would’ve been beaten if he fought his originally scheduled opponent, Daniel Cormier.
Per the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s official rules, a first-time banned substance failure calls for a two-year suspension. However, Jones is claiming that he took a tainted supplement, and if he’s able to prove that, he won’t be subject to a two-year ban.
If all goes well for Jones during his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he’ll probably be next in line to fight for the light heavyweight championship, which means that he’ll fight the winner of Cormier vs. Johnson.
Of the two participants in the UFC 206 main event, Jones says that he would much rather fight Johnson than Cormier.
Of course, Jones and Johnson were originally scheduled to fight last year, but as previously mentioned, non-UFC related issues caused Jones to be stripped of the title and suspended. Johnson’s opponent was changed to Daniel Cormier, who ended up beating him via submission to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion.
As of this writing, the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is going to be the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. However, there’s a chance that Canada’s own Georges St-Pierre will return to the Octagon at the event, but as of right now, a deal hasn’t been made. If he does return, he’ll likely fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship.
The rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier was originally supposed to happen at this past July’s UFC 200, but just two days before the event, it was revealed that Jones failed a drug test, and he was pulled from the card. He was replaced by possibly the greatest fighter of all-time, Anderson Silva, who was arguably the most popular fighter with the fans that night. As most people expected, Cormier defeated him via decision.
Even though he’s been the light heavyweight champion for over a year now, UFC fans still don’t consider Daniel Cormier to be the true champion of the 205-pound division because he never beat Jones to become the champion. In fact, he was completely dominated by Jones when they fought last year, and most believe that the result would be the same if the two fought again.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Cormier said that he believes he’ll end up fighting Jon Jones at some point in the future. For now, he’s separated himself from the Jones situation and only concentrating on the things that he can control.
“There’s no area in my life where anyone has that much say in it. So, now that I’m not dealing with that right now, and I’ve kind of separated myself from it, it’s great, it’s really good. We’ll fight at some point, because I don’t think I’m going to lose, so when he does come back, I’ll still just be right here with the belt waiting and we’ll eventually fight. But I don’t even know what’s going on with that fight and I don’t think about it anymore.”
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