Amid the storm of Conor McGregor’s retirement furore, the pound for pound best fighter on the planet in Jon Jones returns to his rightful place atop the fight game.
A promo worthy of the man himself has been released ahead of Bones’ shot at redemption this weekend at UFC 197.
Standing in Jones’ way of a chance to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title he never lost in the Octagon is the unheralded Ovince Saint Preux.
Once on top of the world, Jon Jones had it all. A marquee deal with Nike, wins over bitter rivals in Daniel Cormier, Rashad Evans and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, along with the skill and strength to become the greatest ever.
A swathe of elbows, knees, grappling prowess and awesome physicality contributed to Jones’ rise to the top, but a troubled mind led to his downfall. Drug use, followed by more serious crimes, saw the Winkle-John fighter stripped of his 205lb. crown last year.
Sober for the first time in years, JBJ has found salvation in the very arena that brought him to the dance. Now a different vice consumes his desires.
A showdown with arch-nemesis and current champion Daniel Cormier awaited Jones upon his return, until injury struck down DC’s chances of making it to Las Vegas.
Rather than bide his time, Jones opted to face late replacement and number 6 ranked light heavyweight Saint Preux. Home couldn’t wait any longer.
Created by Pundit Arena’s own Edward Balli (he of the infamous ‘Conor McGregor: The Comeback’ video that went viral last month), with the production values of a Paramount Pictures trailer, this timeline may provide one with perspective, hope, and excitement.