Jon Jones
Bones

USA

Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 11/2/2019
Has support of Dana White
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 28, 2019
In a video of the UFC 240 post-fight presser posted by MMAJunkie.com, UFC President Dana White appeared to offer Jones his support, insinuating that he had seen videos that prove Jones is innocent.
ANALYSIS
While White did not have videos at the ready to share with media members, but he calmly and confidently showed no concerns about upcoming legal trouble for Jones. He even stated "It's hard to give Jon Jones the benefit of the doubt... until you see the videos." With concerns about Jones fighting in the UFC again aside, the news conference then went in the direction of possible opponents for Jones. Corey Anderson's name was mentioned, though White did not seem happy with that idea, citing Anderson recently turning down a significant number of fights. Jan Blachowicz -- winner of five of his last six fights -- has also put his name in the running. Should Jones remain set on clearing out all opponents at 205 pounds before moving up to heavyweight, Blachowicz would be one of the logical choices. Dominick Reyes is the highest-ranked opponent Jones has yet to face, but he's currently scheduled for an October matchup with Chris Weidman. Should Reyes take care of business there, he could end up the next opponent for Jones as well.
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May face more legal trouble
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 22, 2019
Jones is facing a battery charge following an alleged incident that occurred at at a strip club in New Mexico in April, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The accusations reported by a local news team in Albuquerque do not paint a pretty picture of the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, but Jones and his legal team were quick to deny any wrongdoing. In an official statement, a spokesperson relayed that "[Jones], and multiple witnesses, stand ready to factually refute the malicious lies being told about him to the public." Jones also quipped back via his personal Twitter account, stating "I'm definitely not in any kind of trouble." It will be difficult to win in the court of public opinion given the checkered past of Jones, but it sounds like this story will take some time to fully play out. Jones, who had been one of the most active champions of late, had been due to take some time off due to injuries suffered in his five-round victory over Thiago Santos, but this gives him another reason to stay out of the spotlight for the time being. According to the ESPN report, the charge Jones is facing could land him jail time, though court records officially describe it as a "petty misdemeanor."
Facing possible medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 8, 2019
Jones suffered a left foot injury in his win over Thiago Santos at UFC 239 and is facing a potential six-month medical suspension, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday after defeating Thiago Santos via split decision, but he did not come away unscathed. Jones will have to undergo X-rays on his left foot and will need to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor before returning to action, and if he is not, he is at risk of being handed a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Even if Jones receives good news from his medical checkup, he'll remain out of the Octagon until at least Aug. 21 at a minimum, per Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com. Jones has been one of the most active champions since mid-2018, but received his first true test in some time against Santos, which will effectively force him to take some recovery time.
Barely retains belt at UFC 239
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 6, 2019
Jones barely retained his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, sneaking by Thiago Santos via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a fight that could have gone either way and Jones should consider himself fortunate he emerged from T-Mobile Arena with his belt. The champ started very slowly. Jones ate way too many leg kicks in the early going, but an injury to Santos' knee on one of the attempts turned the tide of the fight. The Brazilian's mobility was limited the rest of the way and Jones managed to rack up just enough points in the eyes of the judge's to retain his gold. We have been greatly spoiled by Jones' greatness in the past, and it's shocking whenever he has to actually work for a victory. This certainly wasn't his finest hour, but true champions figure out a way to emerge victorious when they aren't at their best, and Jones did that on Saturday. This fight was so competitive that it makes you wonder if the UFC will consider running it back. It's not as if the company has any other legitimate challengers for Jones at 205 pounds, and Santos probably deserves another shot at full health given what he showed the first time around.
Likely to headline International Fight Week
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 27, 2019
UFC President Dana White told Brett Okamoto of ESPN that Jones will defend his light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Despite rumors and social media banter of a Jones vs. Stipe Miocic fight circulating throughout the day Wednesday, the evening will begin with an announcement related to Jones staying in the light heavyweight division. "Bones" is living up to his promise of staying active in 2019, and Santos is the next logical fighter in the pecking order at 205 pounds. Jones has dismantled Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith in a span of just over two months, and while the gap between the Smith fight and this one is a bit longer, he'll get the opportunity to headline the year's biggest card in Las Vegas. Matchup-wise, Bones will have his typical height and reach advantages over Santos, a former middleweight fighter. Santos is on fire of late, registering three consecutive knockouts and dominating the striking battle in each. However, look for Bones to use his eight-inch reach advantage to keep Santos out of the pocket. He may even turn to his wrestling, looking to exploit the mediocre 67 percent takedown defense of Santos.
Easily dispatches Anthony Smith to retain title
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 2, 2019
Jones successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Anthony Smith via unanimous decision (48-44, 48-44, 48-44) at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Jones is quite possibly the greatest fighter of all time and he showed why once again in this one. While he didn't smash Smith quickly, Jon slowly and methodically dissected the challenger. Jones pushed the pace, landed all sorts of strikes, and drained the energy from the over matched challenger. Jones entered as a -900 favorite and anyone who watched the fight could see why. It's possible if not probable that the only person who can beat Jones is himself. He cost himself two points in Round 4 after smashing Smith with a vicious knee while his opponent was clearly down, but it ended up not mattering. The UFC is quickly running out of legitimate light heavyweight's to challenge the champ. They could very easily rush a prospect like Johnny Walker into the next title opportunity. Thiago Santos is another option. Jones is going to be a massive favorite no matter who he faces.