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Jon Jones Could Be Set To Make A Return to the UFC Very Soon, After Escaping a Potential 4-Year Ban by USADA…

Is anybody really that surprised? Jon Jones is set to make his much-anticipated return to the octagon after it was announced that he has been hit with a 15-month retroactive ban by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping agency partner.

This means he’ll be cleared to fight at the end of October 2018. For those of you who aren’t paying attention to the year, he’s basically free to fight in a month. It’s highly likely that he’ll be headlining UFC 230 in November, against Alexander Gustafsson.

Jones’s fellow fighters have been reacting after the news broke that the New Mexico-based fighter has escaped a potential four-year ban. The news will be a relief for the UFC, who will get one of their biggest assets back in action this year.

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Grateful

The man nicknamed ‘Bones’ is regarded as one of the greatest fighters to ever grace an octagon. He has beaten practically everybody who has stood in front of him, including Daniel Cormier twice. He’s a three-time light-heavyweight champion and many believe he’s the greatest fighter in the history of the sport.

Jones released a statement on Twitter, explaining how grateful he is and that he’s finally ready to take responsibility for his actions and move forward with his career. He wrote:

“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.”

Jon Jones fights Daniel Cormier. Mandatory Credit: Gary Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports.

Self-Inflicted

There’s absolutely no doubt that Jones’s well-documented problems, inside and outside the cage are self-inflicted. He will surely look on at the likes of Conor McGregor and even Daniel Cormier and imagine where he could be if he didn’t stray from the path. Cormier’s success as the first light-heavyweight and heavyweight double champion will be particularly frustrating. That narrative was meant to belong to Jones.

“It has meant the world to me and always will,” Jones wrote. “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,”

Not Interested

For his part, Cormier insists that he’s not interested in fighting Jones again. He’s had to go through the indignity of being beaten and knocked out by ‘Bones,’ lose his title and then get reinstated after their rematch was overturned to a No-Contest. He’s finally established himself as a fan-favorite.

If the money is right though, you wouldn’t be surprised to see them fight at heavyweight in what could be Cormier’s final fight. Jones is only 31. In fighter’s years, he’s still so young. Will he finally be able to keep his career and life on track?

A potential comeback against Alexander Gustafsson, who has himself been frustratingly inactive due to injury, will be a baptism of fire. The Swede had an epic fight against Jones five years ago at UFC 165. The UFC isn’t going to make it easy for him this time.

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