Friday October 23, 205– On October 23rd 2015, the UFC reinstated the former UFC light heavyweight champion of the world Jon Bones Jones. After almost a year of being suspended for out of octagon issues involving the law, Jones makes his return to the octagon looking for a shot at the title he was stripped of. With the current champion being Daniel Cormier Jones biggest rival, most fans believe that the rematch is all but lined up for a future PPV event later in 2016. The one major issues that stands in the way for Bones is that the light heavyweight division is stacked with talent. The #1 contender Anthony Rumble Johnson who just had a big finish victory over Poster Boy Jimi Manuwa back at UFC 191, is currently the next guy to get a title shot.
Another contender who is next to get a title shot is #3 ranked contender Ryan Bader, who is currently riding a huge fight winning streak the biggest of his career. Other contenders like Glover Texiera, Ovrince St Preux, and the recent title contender Alexander Gustafsson Jones is going to come into to a tough race for a shot at the title. Another way to look at it is some other fighters might not be too happy to see Jones be right back into the title picture especially after being suspended. The UFC knows what they have in their hands and will do the right thing.
A lot of fans are going to want to see the rematch with Cormier myself included, and if that was to happen no better way to co main event that card with a #1 contender fight between Rumble Johnson and Ryan Bader. Jones is one of the most dominating champions in all of MMA history. Some say he is one of the best to step into the octagon. Before Jones got into his recent troubles he defended his title in a hell of a fight that went the distance against Daniel Cormier, next up for jones was Anthony Johnson. After the news broke that Jones was involved in a hit and run the UFC stripped Jones of his title and placed Cormier in the title fight against Rumble. Following his suspension Jones did everything he could do to stay in shape for his return when the time came. After following Due Process and being sentenced to Probation the UFC met with Jones and decided it was time to come back.
In his recently released statement Jones stated:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to resume my career and I am excited to show how much I’ve grown as a person outside of the octagon. It took me losing almost everything I had worked for to realize how much I had. I am blessed and humbled by the continued support of the MMA community and I can’t thank my fans enough for their unwavering support through my ups and downs. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life and my career and let me assure you, the best is yet to come.”
I’m sure all the MMA fans out there are excited and at the edge of their seats to see what happens next, with a new year about to start a full year of PPV’s ahead of us I’m sure at some point we will see Jon Jones in a fight for the world title.
By: Rick San Bartolome