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Talking with reporters on Saturday after UFC on ESPN 9, White mirrored on Jones’ journey thus far and mentioned he may’ve been a far larger star than he already is, per MMA Junkie’s Nolan King and John Morgan:
“I am all the time what Jon Jones may’ve been. He may have been the LeBron [James] of this sport. He may have been that huge. The stuff that is he been by, to indicate up and assume he principally [demanded] $15 million, or $20 million, or $30 million, it is loopy. He can do no matter he needs to do. He can sit out. He can struggle. He can do no matter.”
Jones’ expertise has by no means been doubtful. He has compiled a 26-1 report with one no-contest and is probably the biggest pound-for-pound fighter in UFC historical past.
Nevertheless, the present gentle heavyweight champion has run into quite a few points away from the Octagon.
Jones acquired a 15-month suspension in September 2018 after testing optimistic for banned substances following his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017. He may’ve acquired a suspension of as much as 4 years due to his a number of previous infractions.
Jones pleaded responsible to driving whereas intoxicated in Could 2012 after being concerned in a automobile accident. In September 2015, he pleaded responsible to leaving the scene of an accident. In March, he was arrested once more in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on suspicion of DWI and subsequently reached a plea deal.
Jones most not too long ago fought at UFC 247 in February, successful a unanimous choice over Dominick Reyes. White indicated earlier this month that the UFC is not planning on punishing him for his most up-to-date arrest and that he is anticipated again contained in the Octagon later this yr.