Jon Jones' long road ahead to career rehabilitation

Jon Jones' long road ahead to career rehabilitation

Jon Jones' long road ahead to career rehabilitation

There is a lot of hype surrounding the bout as Jones and Cormier have quite the history.

Even though Jones, officially, hasn't been champion for almost 2 years, he has virtually cleaned the division so a move to heavyweight would make sense. He can also continue to make his claim as one of the greatest of all time. Jones and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic have been the two most speculated upon opponents if he were to make a comeback.

Jones and Cormier have been oil and water from the start. But Wednesday's press conference was pretty entertaining.

Main event: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. With Jones you can never be too sure. His work inside the octagon is memorable for all the right reasons, his work outside the octagon isn't. Cormier responded, "I can look like a crackhead, but I've never been a crackhead like you, though". Jones beat him, 49-46, on all three judges' scorecards. Defending the belt eight times, while taking out legendary fighters like Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort (all former champions), Jones was soon labeled as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. That was followed by the hit-and-run accident in April 2015. Deciding he didn't want to face good friend, training partner and then-UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Cormier moved down to light heavyweight where a fight against Jones seemed inevitable. It was a insane turn of events for Jon Jones.

The drums have been beating over Lesnar's potential return to mixed martial arts for the last two weeks. Preux at UFC 197, Jones is still the favorite. I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though. Maia (25-6) has won seven fights in a row, doing an excellent job getting fights to the ground where he is one of the best in the world at the submission game.

Jones also weighed in at 205 pounds, but jovially stopped to take a selfie with the media prior to stepping on the scale.

While Dana admittedly is having a hard time forgiving "Bones" for messing up UFC 200 at the lat minute, the youngest champion in UFC history has stated that he has no intentions to amend his relationship with his boss.

They were scheduled to headline UFC 200 last July in Jones' return, but Jones tested positive for a banned substance in the runup to the fight and was pulled in the days leading up to the matchup.

Featuring three title fights, the latest UFC live event happening at the Honda Center on Sunday (Manila time), has many viewing it as one of the biggest fight cards to date from the organization.

By all accounts, the dominance of the Big Four in the light heavyweight division has made the division shallow.

"We run it back".

"I adjust very, very well in the heat of the battle", Jones said. All Jones has to do is win Saturday and stay clean.

Look at the other male fighters on that list. Try to understand this, though; Cormier is booed and Jones is cheered...

"What you can expect is to see me going out here enjoying the moment, being in the moment, believing and just grateful to be back, doing what he's put on this earth to do", Jones said. Now, wouldn't that be ideal?

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