Jon Jones’ list of infractions outside the octagon, at this point, is as lengthy as any hardened criminal’s rap sheet. That’s not to say Jones himself is a criminal — though, when you hit a pregnant woman’s car with your own vehicle while under the influence of an illicit substance and flee the scene, actually, you are a criminal — but rather that his follies outside of actual fighting have begun to hit sadly comical levels. Having tested positive for, according to Dana White, two banned substances in an out of competition test performed by the USADA on June 16, Jones has now been pulled from the biggest event of his life, not to mention the biggest event in UFC history.

Can we get a resounding “oops” to that?

Had Jones’ public struggles not been an issue again and again, we wouldn’t be in this mess. Or, more accurately, it wouldn’t sting so badly. There was, of course, the early incidents in which Jones had DUI and other issues. Then his refusal to take on Chael Sonnen as a short-notice replacement at UFC 151, leading to the event being cancelled. And of course his troubles on social media, though some of them were supposedly Jones being hacked. Regardless, you still had the brawl at a UFC press conference, and Jones threatening to kill Daniel Cormier. It all makes for a rather dramatic career, and that’s just skimming the surface. Did we mention the positive test for cocaine following his first fight with Daniel Cormier? No, because it wasn’t a banned substance at the time he was tested for it — but lets not pretend it didn’t happen.

Jon Jones, frankly, has been trainwrecking for a while. The hit and run that capped it all off and led to Jones being stripped of his title led to 18 months probation for the fighter. And finally, we all thought Jones had woken up.

It appears not. Although lets put a disclaimer on this: Jon Jones, at a press conference this morning alongside longtime manager Malki Kawa, has denied any wrong doing. Because of course he has. He has no other option at this point, as public sentiment is so firmly set again him you can imagine pitchforks being sharpened and torches being lit already.

And he may in fact be innocent, of intentional misdeed anyway. Jones certainly seemed legitimately devastated and unsure how all this — a positive test and his removal from the UFC card — came to pass. After apologizing for the incident (though he would later plead his innocence), Jones stated that “being labeled as someone who would cheat hurts me more than anything in my career” and was later forced to exit the stage, overcome by emotion.

Manager Kawa, meanwhile, stated that Jones’ B sample was being tested Thursday in Salt Lake City, with results expected that evening. Should, by some miracle, those results come back clean, could Jones be back on the UFC 200 card?

Don’t count on it. That’s not to say that Jones necessarily took a banned, performance enhancing substance willingly. However, fighters are responsible for everything that goes into their body, which is why the whole “tainted supplement” excuse falls flat. Especially so when one of Jones’ sponsors (who have already proclaimed their own innocence) produces a product known for causing positive tests — with a warning label right on the bottle.

Whether athletes rely too heavily on supplements is a debate for another day. For now, it’s clear that yes, Jones likely shoulders some of the blame. How much? Time will tell. It’s yet another depressing moment for one of the best fighters in history outside the cage, however. Now, we simply have to wait and see just where the fault lied (though again, what goes into your body is your responsibility, and that includes researching the companies and people you work with) — and wait to see who Daniel Cormier will be fighting Saturday night.

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.