As expected, as soon as former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured) clears his latest legal hurdle, he’ll get an immediate chance to reclaim his throne.
UFC president Dana White stripped Jones of his title last month after Jones was arrested for felony hit-and-run where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm. However, the most decorated 205-pound champ in UFC history with eight straight title defenses won’t have to work his way back up the mountain in order to take back his belt.
“He comes right back and he fights for the title,” White stated on Wednesday’s episode of The Jim Rome Show. “He hasn’t had the time that Anderson Silva’s had, but he is the most dominant champion.
“If you look at the murderer’s row of the 205-pound division that he went through, and he just went through it like a hot knife through butter, I mean, he’s the man. So whenever he gets his stuff together, he’d come right back and fight for the title.”
Jones has been a PR nightmare since capturing the title in March 2011. The troubled 27-year-old was arrested in May 2012 for driving while intoxicated in New York after wrapping his $190,000 Bentley around a telephone pole.
Jones also tested positive for traces of cocaine prior to January’s UFC 182 victory over Daniel Cormier.
Oh, and marijuana was discovered in the rental car Jones abandoned in April’s hit-and-run.
Three strikes and you’re out, at least for the immediate future, and that’s why White was forced to indefinitely suspend Jones and take his hardware.
“We had gotten to the point where it was like if he had one more incident, and the level of the last incident obviously made it that much easier,” White said. “Obviously he’s been stripped of the title, he’s not fighting anymore, and he’s got these legal issues he’s got to deal with. Once he gets through those, he’s either going to end up with a felony with no jail time, or a felony and jail time. So I don’t know how this thing is going to play out. We’ll see how it goes.”
Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson battle for Jones’ vacated gold this Saturday at UFC 187.