Reinstatement Equals Beginning of Redemption for Jones
Guess who’s back, back again? “Bones” is back, tell a friend! Per the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a man--Jon “Bones” Jones-- who is still heralded as one of the greatest of all time, is on his way back to the Octagon to shake things up!
Jones was reinstated last Friday after a review of the plea agreement stemming from his April hit-and-run arrest.
“Effective immediately, Jones is eligible to return to competition. As such, UFC expects Jones to meet all of the terms of his plea agreement, including mandatory community service, as a condition of his reinstatement.
UFC is currently discussing with Jones a potential date for his return to the Octagon.”
“We've made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward," said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “We’re happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person.” -UFC.com
Jones then offered an in-depth reaction on Facebook (while also expressing his inner emotion through the magic of dance.)
In the court of public opinion, it might still be up for debate as to whether Jones should get an immediate rematch with now interim Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, but in the real world, UFC President Dana White has already cleared that matter up during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show in March.
"He comes right back and he fights for the title..."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."
Following his recent defeat of Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson, Cormier told the media that he was taking time off, making reference that in addition to having three bouts in ten months--one being a loss to Jones-- and a total of seven fights in two years, there was still no idea of when Jones would come back. With that return looming, let the preview of Jones vs. Cormier II begin!
Concerning just Cormier’s bout with Gustafsson at UFC 192, I still have to side with Jones. He took a decision win over Cormier at UFC 182 and a “D” over Gustafsson at UFC 165. The reason I bring up Jones’ first go-round with “DC” is obvious, but “The Mauler” is relevant as well because he took the interim champion to the limit in Houston and is an opponent Jones has already
beaten. Need more evidence? Take a look at the included post-fight photo.
I believe in ring-rust, but Jones has such natural ability, it’s frightening how good he is. Cormier is an Olympic wrestler with six KOs and 5 submissions to date. Jones is also his only loss to date.
The thing about Jones is that I see him immediately trying to take control of the pace of the fight, using his long limbs to keep his distance and time finely tuned shots, wearing down Cormier in the process. Jones has Cormier beat 9-6 when it comes to KOs, but they are both relatively even in submissions. I feel that the duo cancel each other out, so my view, another contest going the distance in favor of Jones despite the rust, is a real possibility.
Prediction: Jones by Decision
What Jones has to prove is evident; Cormier needs to prove himself against his only real challenger (perhaps other that Gustafsson.) Either way, this will be a bout in which the UFC will sell fans full seats but they’re only going to need the edge.
Update- Cormier via Facebook:
"A guy that has shown to be one of the greatest fighters of all time is back. As a competitor there could be no other outcome and this is the best news I've heard in a long time. Jon has said the right things and his actions are backing his words up. We all hope this is the last time we have to deal with anything like that. And lastly as a fan [you] get to see [two] of the best fighters compete against each other." "With that being said, I can't wait to compete against him again."