Jon Jones
Bones

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Likely to headline International Fight Week
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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Easily dispatches Anthony Smith to retain title
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
Similar test results
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 28, 2019
Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a prohibited substance, similar to the results in advance of his last fight, but it will not affect Saturday's scheduled matchup against Anthony Smith, according to a statement from the Nevada Athletic Commision (via Chamatkar Sandhu of ESPN).
ANALYSIS
These are the exact same type of test results that forced December's fight against Alexander Gustafsson to be relocated from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, as the Nevada Athletic Commission did not have sufficient time to evaluate the findings back in December. Since then, Jones has had a hearing with the NAC that granted him a one-fight license to compete Saturday, as the commission ultimately determined that no new ingestion of a prohibited substance occurred, nor would there be any performance-enhancing benefits on fight night. These types of positive tests for a long-term metabolite of a banned substance can continue to be expected from Jones for the rest of 2018 and beyond, as the science is unclear on how long it can remain in the human body at the picogram level. If anything, these similar results help affirm his innocence from the saga back in December. As of Thursday afternoon, Jones remains approximately a (-800) betting favorite for his matchup with Smith at UFC 235.
Granted one-fight license
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 29, 2019
Jones was granted a one-fight conditional license by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday, allowing him to defend his title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Trace amounts of a steroid metabolite were found in the lead-up to Jones' last fight at UFC 232 in December, causing the event to be moved to California. Those metabolites remain, though the amount is low enough that it was determined that Jones is receiving no performance-enhancing benefits. Jones will have to be tested at minimum twice a month leading up to UFC 235, and the testing will have to continue throughout the rest of the year if he's to be granted a full license. Similarly low amounts of the same metabolite will be permitted, as they've been assumed to be remnants of a prior infraction which have still yet to leave his system, but any increase will lead to the license being revoked.
No punishment despite trace amount of steroids
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 23, 2019
Jones will not be suspended despite trace amounts of a steroid metabolite being found in his drug test by VADA on Wednesday, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones' tests for USADA and the CSAC following his victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 came back clean, but additional tests for VADA did find some issues. The same metabolites had been found in similarly small amounts back in December, causing UFC 232 to be moved to California and forcing Jones to enroll in VADA. It was determined that no re-administration of a banned substance had occurred and that the trace amounts of the substance had no performance-enhancing benefits. As Jones had already been punished for the steroid, there was no need to punish him again.
Tests clean after UFC 232
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 10, 2019
Jones submitted two clean drug tests to USADA and the CSAC surrounding his UFC 232 victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This is great news for Jones, who did not even register a single picogram of a banned substance (or metabolite of a banned substance) in the recent array of tests. He'll continue to be the most tested athlete in the sport, as he's subjected himself to both VADA and USADA testing. Jones must continue to stay on the straight and narrow in advance of his upcoming hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission, but these disclosed results are a major step in the right direction. Should everything go as planned in front of the commission, "Bones" will then be cleared for his March matchup against Anthony Smith. Current betting odds peg him as a heavy favorite as high as (-1200).