Former UFC champion Jon Jones is still awaiting his punishment from USADA for failing his pre-fight drug test before his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier. During that fight Jones KO’d Cormier.
Jones took to Instagram on Sunday to drop a reminder of that knockout. He also vowed to be back and a more complete version than the world has ever seen.
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.
Hopefully USADA doesn’t lower the hammer to harshly on Jones. The fight world needs him back in the Octagon. Plus he’s already been out of the game for a year. Let’s drug test him 24 hours a day for 7 days a week and get him back punching people in the face.