Look out, UFC light heavyweights. The most dominant mixed martial artist this side of Ronda Rousey will be back in the cage very soon, and he’ll be fighting with a chip on his shoulder because he no longer dons the belt despite never losing it.
Jon Jones (pictured) stood before an Albuquerque judge Tuesday and plead guilty to April’s felony hit-and-run arrest. The former UFC light heavyweight champ was essentially slapped on the wrist and granted 18 months probation.
Jones’ biggest black marks from this incident were left by the UFC, when they temporarily suspended him and stripped him of his title after the arrest. Jones’ reputation also took a hit, but that has been marred for quite some time anyway.
It was somewhat ironic that Jones was battling for his freedom in a courtroom during a UFC fight week where his title will be defended by champ Daniel Cormier against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.
With his latest legal woes now behind him, it’s time for Jones to reclaim what is his. Before today’s ruling was levied, Jones was most likely going to tune in Saturday to see who would leave the cage with his most prized possession. Now that the UFC will likely lift his temporary ban within minutes, the clock is ticking on how much longer until Jones is back in action.
When “Bones” returns, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be for his belt right off the bat. With a lopsided win over Corimer and a tough victory over Gustafsson already on his resume, best believe Jones is as confident as ever that he’ll have his hardware back on his mantle in no time.
Jones would never admit it publicly, but he would prefer a rematch with Cormier. Not only did he absolutely dominate the former Olympic wrestler just eight months ago, but it is the bigger money fight. They still have legitimate beef.
Let’s not forget about Cormier’s post-fight speech after beating Anthony Johnson to take Jones’ vacated belt.
“Joe Rogan, no disrespect to you or the 16,000 people in this arena, but I have a message for one man – Jon Jones, get your s**t together. I’m waiting for you!” Cormier yelled before storming out of the octagon.
Don’t worry, Daniel. The wait will be over soon enough.