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Jon Jones is back! Eligible to return on October 28 following USADA suspension!

Jon Jones is back! Eligible to return on October 28 following USADA suspension!

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has released a lengthy statement after finally being served a fifteen-month suspension from USADA.

Jones suspension stemmed from a failed drug test that occurred in July of 2017 just prior to his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Following tonight’s ruling, Jon Jones is now eligible to return to action on October 28 of this year.

That means “Bones” could potentially headline November’s UFC 230 event in his home state of New York.

With that said, UFC President Dana White has already come out and stated that the promotions plan is not to have Jon Jones main event UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.

Shortly after tonight’s big news, Jon Jones took to Twitter where he issued the following statement on his imminent octagon return.

“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life.”

Jones continued:

“It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.” – Jon Jones

Not everyone was in high spirits following tonight’s Jon Jones suspension news. Current UFC “champ champ” Daniel Cormier lashed out at both USADA and Jon Jones after catching wind of the news.

In fact, a number of different fighters weighed in on tonight’s Jon Jones suspension news which culminated in some very mixed reactions.

What did you think of the fifteen-month suspension that USADA handed down on Jon Jones?

UFC 215 Fight Card and Start Time

UFC 215 Fight Card and Start Time

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The UFC will invade Edmonton, Alberta, Canada next weekend for UFC 215.

The pay-per-view event is headlined by a flyweight title fight featuring long-time champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Ray Borg.

This is it, folks. This is one of the reasons he declined a fight with T.J. Dillashaw. “Mighty Mouse” will attempt to make UFC history at the event by breaking the record for the most successful title defenses by a UFC champion with 11, beating out Anderson Silva. Johnson was last seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX event, where he scored a third-round submission victory over Wilson Reis.

As for the “Tazmexican Devil”, Ray Borg has strung together back-to-back decision victories over Jussier Formiga and Louis Smolka.

In the co-main event of UFC 215, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will look to earn her second title defense when she rematches top division contender Valentina Shevchenko. “The Lioness” and “The Bullet” first met at UFC 196 in March of 2016, with Nunes emerging victorious via a close judges decision. 

Nunes and Shevchenko were initially booked to rematch at July’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for fights fans, Nunes fell ill in the days leading up to the fight card and was forced to withdraw from the event entirely.

Amanda Nunes was last seen in action this past December at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, where she earned a first-round TKO victory over former title holder Ronda Rousey

As for Shevchenko, “The Bullet” is coming off a submission victory over Julianna Pena which she earned at January’s UFC on FOX event in Denver.

Check out the full UFC 215 pay-per-view lineup below:

Main Card (10 PM EST, PPV)

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens

Preliminary Card (8 PM EST, FS1)

Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker

Preliminary Card (6:30 PM EST, Fight Pass)

Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique
Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins

Be sure to come watch UFC 215 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations, the Westernmost Sports Bar in the U.S.A!

Dana White reveals the UFC planned to have Jon Jones in a super fight at UFC 218

Dana White reveals the UFC planned to have Jon Jones in a super fight at UFC 218

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Terrible news struck the mixed martial arts world this evening when TMZ Sports reported that current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones had been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.

The Anti-Doping Policy violation in question stemmed from an in-competition sample collected following Jones’ weigh-in for UFC 214 on July 28, 2017.

Jon Jones went on to defeat Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 via third-round knockout to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown.

Of course Jones is innocent until proven guilty, but his current situation looks anything but good.

The “Bones” camp has already issued a statement on the potential anti-doping violation which you can read here.

Shortly after that, Jon Jones UFC 214 opponent Daniel Cormier shared his reaction to the shocking news.

Most recently, UFC President Dana White spoke to MMAFighting’s Luke Thomas where he revealed that the UFC was actually planning a Jones super-fight for December’s UFC 218 event in Detroit.

According to the brash UFC boss, the promotion was targeting to have Jon Jones move up in weight to take on current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 218.

“Dana says they were looking at Jones vs. Miocic in Detroit before today!” – Luke Thomas

The UFC released the following statement regarding Jones’ potential anti-doping violation earlier tonight:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Wow! What could have been…..

BREAKING! Daniel Cormier issues statement on Jon Jones failed drug test

BREAKING! Daniel Cormier issues statement on Jon Jones failed drug test

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Earlier tonight shocking news broke that current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had been flagged by USADA for an Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

Jon Jones had recently defeated Daniel Cormier on July 29 at UFC 214 via third-round knockout to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown.

Here is the official statement from the UFC:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

As of this time Jon Jones has not been stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight championship.

Of course “Bones” remains innocent until proven guilty, but the situation certainly does not look good.

Ariel Helwani reached out to “DC” shortly after the story broke and the news had Cormier “shaking”.

Most recently, the former champion Cormier, who could soon have his belt back, issued the following statement to MMAFighting.

“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” Cormier said. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional. We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.”

He continued:

“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next. Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”