It still remains to be seen how long former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be suspended after his latest failed drug test at UFC 214 back in July, but one man who isn’t waiting on the edge of his seat for the verdict is UFC president Dana White.
“Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens,” White told TSN recently. “Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”
Jones has now been stripped of the 205lb title on three seperate occasions over the past few years – once for being charged over a hit-and-run incident and twice due to failed drug tests, leaving the star out of action for long period of time in what should have been the prime of his career, and with ‘Bones’ now potentially facing up to a further four yer suspension.
White has had to deal with a lot of troubled fighters over the years, but if that scenario does play out then it would leave him in no doubt that Jones was the king of the screw-ups.
“[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.”
That being said, if his suspension is more lenient and he does want to fight again, White won’t stand in his way.
“If it came back that Jon Jones would get a three-month suspension, legally, I owe him a fight,” White told Sports Illustrated in a seperate interview. “I legally owe him a fight. I have a contract with the guy.”