Jones Posts On One Year Since Defeating Cormier

A year ago, Jon Jones would knockout Daniel Cormier and re-gain his UFC light heavyweight championship, less than a week later he’d find out that he was suspended and stripped for failing a drug test.

Now, while Jones awaits what may be a four year suspension from USADA, he reflected on his now no-contest fight against his rival, and discussed the struggles he went through.

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.

Jones tested positive for the performance enhancer Turinabol, which would be his second failed drug test in his career.

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