Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier are both ready to rematch each other, but UFC president Dana White may have other plans, which include currently suspended fighter Jon Jones.
Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event opposite Cormier three days prior to fight time. At that time, he and the UFC were notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that Jones was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation.
Jones and his camp held a hastily pulled together press conference, denying any intentional wrongdoing, but declined to discuss any specifics of the potential violation. The Nevada Athletic Commission later identified two prohibited substances that Jones tested positive for in his June 16 out-of-competition drug screen as hydroxy-clomiphene (an anti-estrogenic agent) and letrozole metabolite (an aromatase inhibitor).
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Although it’s very rare that a fighter avoids punishment after a positive drug test, it appears that Jones may not face a lengthy suspension, at least not according to White, who is already talking about booking him in a fight.
“(Jones) has got 13 lives. It’s looking good for him,” White said on a recent episode of UFC Unfiltered. “I think he’s got a deal with Nevada right now in this thing that went down. We’ll see how this thing plays out, but it’s looking good for him.”
A deal doesn’t necessarily mean that Jones could immediately return to the Octagon, but White’s take on the situation certainly sounds promising for the interim light heavyweight champion.
Jones’ good fortune could prove costly for Johnson, however, who thought he would be challenging UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in his next fight after ….View full article