One year removed from his triumphant return to the UFC octagon at UFC 214, Jon Jones has made a vow to his fans.
And before anyone interjects, let’s be real – at the time – it was a triumphant return.
Jon had finally overcome his demons and in vanquishing his great rival Daniel Cormier in an even more impressive win than the one he earned in their first meeting – he had many people wondering whether he was, in fact, better than ever.
Of course, looking back on the event now leads us to viewing it very differently.
Jones, whether by his negligence or genuine intent, is at odds with USADA right now and will likely be forced to wait until at least the beginning of next year until he fights again.
Taking to his official Instagram, Bones made it clear that he is well and truly on the way towards a return – promising the most complete version of himself to date.
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Time has a way of putting things into perspective. One year ago today I knocked out Daniel Cormier to reclaim my light heavyweight title. It was the culmination of all the sacrifice and hard work put in on the road back to where I truly know I belong. That’s at the top…the only place I’ve ever dreamed of being. Turns out it wasn’t a forever moment but a fleeting one as two weeks later I find out on TMZ of all places my title has been stripped and I’m suspended once again. To go from the spotlight to darkness, and have everything taken away from me again was a hardship the public will never truly understand. It bent me but did not break me and I had to learn to fight in a different way. I’ve spent the last year living right and getting healthy, but much of that work was spent correcting and repairing my mental space. Call it weakness if you will but even the toughest individuals need assistance getting back on track. I’ll be back, and when I am it will be a more complete version than the world has ever seen. You have to turn the lemons life gives you into lemonade, and you have to take time to sit back and enjoy it. The struggles don’t define you. It’s how you handle them that determines who you are. Be good, enjoy the day and God bless.
He does seem to bring this up every now and then, for sure, but with his fate now in the hands of USADA and their decision expected in the near future, who knows how the next twist in Jon’s winding road will turn out.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena