Three times stripped former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been here before.
Yesterday, thanks to a failed B-Sample drug test, Jon Jones was stripped of his UFC world title that he claimed by beating Daniel Cormier at UFC 114. In doing so Jon Jones broke the record for champions who have been stripped most. In fact, Jon broke his own record that he previously held with two UFC titles being stripped.
This is uncharted territory for the UFC, the promotion doesn’t make a habit of stripping their champions.
Jon Jones’ latest battle with banned substances may be his last though, as this latest infraction holds up to a four-year suspension, and many believe Jones could spend the last good years of his career on the sidelines.
As a result of all the new controversy, Jon Jones, who returned to the UFC rankings last month as the #1 ranked P4P fighter on the planet, has new been removed from the UFC rankings entirely.
The formality marks the next step for the UFC, which is pretty much just moving on from the Jon Jones era.
Up until yesterday, Jones was listed atop the UFC’s official light-heavyweight and pound-for-pound rankings. Now though, Jon isn’t even a ranked fighter. He’s nothing.