White: ‘Jones Will Never Headline Again’
At one point in his career, Jon Jones was arguably the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, with a lengthy UFC light heavyweight title reign and just one loss — a DQ loss for that matter.
But all those days are in the past.
With the recent news that Jones will be out until July thanks to a suspension by USADA — resulting from a failed drug test that removed him from UFC 200 on days notice — he has been stripped of his UFC interim light heavyweight title.
And it appears the UFC execs will not trust him with the spotlight anytime soon. When Jones had to be removed from the UFC 200 card, the card had to be re-organized at the last minute to get a new main event an a new match. Daniel Cormier, who Jones was booked against, ended up fighting Anderson Silva, while Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate moved up to the headliner.
"I would never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again," President Dana White said in an interview on Thursday. "I’d put him on the card. But I wouldn’t headline with him until he consistently gets back on track. Millions of dollars are spent on this, and for a card to fall apart — how many cards have fallen apart because Jon Jones gets in trouble for something? So no, I’m not at that place with him."
White stated that he knows Jones has the talent, but he feels Jones is wasting his talents to a degree he has never seen before. He compared his problems with Jones to problems he has had in the past with B.J. Penn.
"I’ve had my issues in the past with B.J.," White said. "I think B.J. could have been one of the best ever, you know, and I’ve had my issues with B.J., but Jon Jones is [the fighter to have squandered his talents the most] by far."