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Jon Jones’ earlier life
Jonathan Dwight Jones, popularly known as Jon Jones, is an American professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is widely regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters in history. As of July 2020, he is ranked #5 in UFC pound-for-pound rankings and as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Jones was born in Rochester, New York, on July 19, 1987. His father Arthur was a painter, and his mother Camille was a middle school teacher. He has four sisters: Carmen, Lydia, Kayla, and Stephanie. As a child, he played several sports including football, basketball, and wrestling. However, it was wrestling that he excelled at the most. In high school, he won numerous state championships and was even named wrestler of the year in New York state in 2005. After graduating high school, he attended Iowa Central Community College on a wrestling scholarship where he won a national junior college championship before transferring to Morrisville State College.
Jon Jones’ MMA career
Jon Jones is an American professional mixed martial artist and a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Jones made his UFC debut in 2008, winning his first fight against Andre Gusmao via submission. He then went on to win his next five fights, four of them by TKO/KO. In 2011, he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to become the youngest UFC champion in history at the time, at 23 years old.
Jones has defended his title nine times, tied for the fourth most in UFC history. He has also won five additional fights in the UFC, four of them by TKO/KO. In 2019, he vacated the title and moved up to heavyweight, where he defeated Alexander Gustafsson to become the interim heavyweight champion.
Jon Jones’ UFC career
Jon Jones is an American professional mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Jones made his MMA debut in 2008, and in just his third professional fight, he won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, becoming the youngest titleholder in UFC history at 23 years old. He successfully defended his title eight times, tied with Demetrious Johnson for the most title defenses in UFC history.
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Jon Jones’ suspensions
Jon “Bones” Jones is a professional mixed martial artist and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history and has been ranked as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world for several years. However, his career has been overshadowed by multiple drug suspensions.
In 2016, Jones was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. However, Jones was pulled from the event after testing positive for two banned substances – clomiphene and letrozole – in a USADA out-of-competition drug test. As a result, he was stripped of his title and suspended for one year.
In 2017, Jones returned to fighting and regained the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship with a win over Cormier. However, just days before his scheduled title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, it was revealed that Jones had tested positive for turinabol – a banned anabolic steroid – in another USADA out-of-competition drug test. As a result, the event was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on just six days’ notice, and Jones was once again stripped of his title (although he was allowed to compete). He would go on to win the bout via technical knockout.
Jones has denied intentionally taking any banned substances but has been unable to explain how they ended up in his system on multiple occasions. As a result, he is widely considered a cheater by many fans and pundits, and his legacy as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time is tarnished.
Jon Jones’ personal life
Jon Jones is an American professional mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion. One of the all-time best MMA fighters, and he is regarded by many as such.
Jones was born in Rochester, New York, and began training in martial arts when he was 12 years old. He won his first amateur bout when he was just 16 years old. He went on to compete in various MMA organizations, including the UFC, where he won his first professional bout in 2008.
Jones quickly rose to prominence in the UFC, winning several championship titles and setting numerous records. In 2011, he was implicated in a hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a pregnant woman. He was subsequently stripped of his UFC title and suspended from competition for a year.
Upon his return to the UFC, Jones regained his title and has since defended it numerous times. In 2019, he was again embroiled in controversy after testing positive for banned substances. As a result, he was stripped of his title for a second time and suspended from competition for another year.
Jon Jones’ legal troubles
Jon Jones is an American mixed martial artist and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. However, his career has been marred by several legal troubles.
In 2012, Jones was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing his car into a pole in Binghamton, New York. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a year of probation.
In 2015, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He fled the scene of the accident but later turned himself into the police. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries, as well as driving while intoxicated. These charges were later dropped after Jones reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Most recently, in 2020, Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated battery for allegedly throwing a man through a plate-glass window at a strip club in Albuquerque. This case is still pending.
Jon Jones’ return to the UFC
On December 29, 2018, it was announced that Jones would return to the UFC and face Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 232 on December 29, 2018. Jones had previously vacated the title in early September due to a pending USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) investigation. However, on December 23, 2018 it was revealed that a new drug test conducted by USADA on December 9 had come back positive for the presence of “trace amounts” of Turinabol, the same anabolic steroid he was previously suspended for. As a result, the fight with Gustafsson was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on six days’ notice so that it could still take place. Jones would ultimately defeat Gustafsson by way of a unanimous decision (50-44 x3), successfully regaining the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and becoming a two-time champion in the process.
Jon Jones’ future in the UFC
Jon Jones is considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and current Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. However, his future in the UFC is uncertain due to his issues outside of the Octagon.
In 2015, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. In April 2016, he tested positive for two banned substances and was stripped of his title. He was also suspended from the UFC for one year.
Jones returned to the Octagon in December 2016 and defeated Daniel Cormier to regain the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. However, he has later stripped of the title again after he tested positive for a banned substance. He is currently scheduled to fight Alexander Gustafsson for the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 232 on December 29, 2018.