UFC president Dana White has announced Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones has been stripped of the UFC interim light heavyweight championship. White remarked it doesn't make sense with all the stuff that is going on for him to still be the interim champion.
White went on to remark Jon Jones has blown it in every way shape and form a guy with that much talent can blow it. The UFC president also commented “Greatest talent ever and the biggest screw-up ever.”
The UFC created the interim belt for Jones in the 205-pound division in April after Daniel Cormier had to pull out of the fight with an injury. The American mixed martial artist and a two-time former Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship instead fought Ovince Saint Preux atop the UFC 197, a contest he won. His rematch with Cormier was moved to UFC 200 when Jones was flagged for two banned substances – Clomiphene and Letrozole – days before the bout. His positive test was the result of Jones taking a peptide version of the sexual-enhancement medicine Cialis. The version he took apparently contained the two banned substances though the substance doesn’t contain ingredients that are banned under USADA rules.
This is the second instance when Jones has been stripped of his title despite having a 13-fight winning streak. Jones had his championship belt taken away and he was suspended by the UFC in April 2015 after a hit-and-run accident. Jones was reinstated into the UFC in October 2015 and returned to the ring the next year.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency recently announced that that an arbitration panel that heard the case deemed Jones is not a drug cheat but his degree of fault in fact verged on the reckless.
In a statement, UFC said it was aware of the one-year ban that started on 6 July. The statement further reads that while the decision indicates no evidence of Jones’ intentional use of banned substances, it does highlight the care and diligence that is required by athletes competing in the UFC to ensure that no prohibited substances enter their system.
Widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Jones is eligible again on 7 July 2017.
Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history when he won the light heavyweight title in March 2011 at the age of 23. The American mixed martial artist holds the records of most wins, most successful and consecutive title defenses, longest win streak, and most submission victories in the UFC. Jones was ranked as the #1 light heavyweight fighter for a number of years by various media outlets. Jones was a stand-out high school wrestler and state champion at Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York before starting his MMA career. Jones won a national JUCO championship at Iowa Central Community College and decided to drop out of college to start his MMA career. Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008 and amassed an undefeated record of 6–0 over a period of three months that brought him to the attention of the UFC.