Dana White labels Jon Jones the ‘biggest waste of talent in sports history’

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    UFC president Dana White has gone scorched earth on Jon Jones, labelling the former light heavyweight champion the biggest waste of talent in the history of sports.

    “Ever, in all of sports,” White told the TSN MMA Show during a media appearance in Toronto.

    “The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he hadn’t ever got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defence record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could have been with Jon Jones.”

    Jones, who boasted a 22-1 record and was widely considered to be the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history, returned to the octagon to fight Daniel Cormier in July. Fresh off a one-year USADA-sanctioned ban for a pair of failed drug tests, Jones offered the world the ultimate redemption story by knocking Cormier out in their much-hyped rematch for the UFC title.

    However, one month later it was revealed Jones had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol.

    Jones is claiming innocence and plans to meet with the California State Athletic Commission for a formal hearing in December, as a guilty verdict could see him slapped with a four-year ban.

    “Whatever happens, happens,” White said. “Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

    Long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan issued a similar statement on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

    “Jon Jones, with this, becomes the number one f*** up of all time, for sure, if he wasn’t already,” Rogan said.

    “This is the biggest one ever. We can only hope and pray that somehow or another there’s some mistake [with the test].”

    Jones had recently sent the UFC world into a frenzy when teasing moving up to heavyweight to face former champion and hulking WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar. Now he’s fighting to clear his name, when many fans are deeming him guilty until proved innocent after a second failed drug test.

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    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:08am
      Mike Julz said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:08am | ! Report

      He’s right up there with Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones and Ben Johnson.

      • October 21st 2017 @ 7:43pm
        Jerry said | October 21st 2017 @ 7:43pm | ! Report

        What sets him apart from them is that I suspect he’d have been almost as dominant without any PED’s.

    • October 21st 2017 @ 3:56pm
      Alex L said | October 21st 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

      I’d have said Mark Kerr threw away similar talent with far less results to show for it.

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