By Zach Arnold | July 6, 2016
We know the history with Jon Jones. We know the recent troubled history of his brother Chandler. There are plenty of examples of poor judgment that have brought negative attention to that family.
Jon Jones is the most physically-gifted talent ever in the history of Mixed Martial Arts. The only thing to match that level of physical talent is the level of his stupidity. DUI crash. Getting into an altercation with an aggressive cop. Not fighting Chael Sonnen. And now screwing up a sure fire rematch win against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, an event that the company (which has given Jones so many do-overs and second chances) was building their calendar year around.
An USADA anti-doping notice of violation. As dreadful as a company telling you that you have been “future endeavored.”
Dana White’s head looked like it was going to explode. ESPN broke into their Dwyane Wade shocker with an even bigger Jon Jones doping shocker. UFC 200 has fallen apart not once but twice in the time span of three months. No Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz rematch. No Ronda Rousey return. Brock Lesnar in a precarious match against Mark Hunt without WWE waving their marketing pom-poms. Even with the most stacked, greatest-of-all-time top-to-bottom competitive fight card in UFC history, Jon Jones managed to screw it all up — again.
Let the Nevada State Athletic Commission drop the hammer on Jon Jones with their newly updated suspension regulations. And then send Jon Jones on his way out of the door. He’s not worth the trouble no matter what.
This is the kind of thing that erodes fan confidence not just with promoters but also fighters. I can already hear the pro-drug usage crowd crowing about how UFC implementing a drug policy is at fault here. In a twist of cruel irony, it was Chael Sonnen (Mr. Testosterone) on ESPN delivering the Jon Jones doping eulogy and proclaiming that you could somehow allegedly tell Jones was doping by looking at him with his shirt off.
This was the proverbial cherry on the crap sundae that has surrounded the birth, development, and execution of UFC 200.