Freelance: Dana White Has His Own Plans For Jon Jones
The fact that Jon “Bones” Jones currently possesses the interim UFC Light Heavyweight championship is still not enough to keep him in the title picture. While having an interim belt normally means that a fighter is next in line, Jones received an indefinite suspension after testing positive for a pair of estrogen blockers ahead of UFC 200.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on the other hand, has propelled himself back into contention after knocking out Glover Teixeira in just 12 seconds last Saturday at UFC 202. UFC President Dana White recently appeared on “UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra” to discuss who get’s the shot.
“I’m in a weird place,” White said.“We saw that fight, and it was a great fight. I’ve still got to talk to [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva and see what he thinks. But I’m thinking maybe we do Anthony Johnson vs. Jon Jones to see who gets to fight Daniel Cormier.”
With the track record that Jones has, it seems as that every time a “Bones” fight is announced, it’s a gamble on whether or not he actually makes it to the cage. White did recently say though that it appears that Jones did not knowingly take the banned substances.
“You know the guy’s got 13 lives, man,” White said. “It’s looking good for him. I think he’s got to deal with Nevada and this thing that went down — and again, I can’t say a lot about it — because it’s not my place, but we’ll see how this thing plays out. But it’s looking good for him.”
“People can think whatever they want about Jon Jones, he’s one of the greatest ever to participate in this sport. The guy is so (expletive) talented, but he does not stop getting in trouble. It’s so sad to see because the fights that this guy could be in, the records that this guy could break, if he can just get his (expletive) together.”
Before facing Teixeira, Johnson was coming off of a third-round submission to “DC.” When he was asked about facing either Jones or Cormier at the UFC 202 press conference, Johnson referenced Jones’ situation.
“Hopefully, I get Daniel…Jon gotta’ deal with other people besides worrying about me or me worrying about him, so I’m not really focused on Jon…”
Cormier had said that despite the events before UFC 200 in July, he would have fought Jones. Later that same month he said, “I’m going to fight the winner of Teixeira vs. Johnson,” Cormier said. “I don’t care if Jon Jones comes back. I’m not going to reward him.”