For the second time in his career, Jon Jones has been stripped of a UFC light heavyewight title.
On Wednesday morning prior to UFC 205 open workouts in New York City, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported UFC president Dana White confirmed Jones has been stripped of the UFC interim light heavyweight championship.
The decision comes after the United States Anti-Doping Agency suspended Jones for one year due to a failed drug test earlier this year.
“It doesn’t make sense,” White told ESPN. “He was the interim champion because he should have been fighting for the title [in April]. We gave him this, ‘You were supposed to fight for the title, here it is.’ It doesn’t make sense with all the stuff that is going on for him to still be the interim champion.
“Jon Jones has blown it in every way shape and form a guy with that much talent can blow it. Greatest talent ever and the biggest screw-up ever.”
Jones won the belt in April with a win over Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197. Jones was then supposed to face Daniel Cormier in a title unification bout at UFC 200, but he failed his drug test and was pulled from the bout.
Jones was previously stripped of his belt in 2015 after being arrested on a hit-and-run charge.
When Jones does return to the Octagon, he has some work to do before he can be back in Dana White’s good graces.
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