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Jon “Bones” Jones is back, will now main event UFC 200

For months, Jon “Bones” Jones was waiting for his moment to return to the octagon. His patience paid off at UFC 197, when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision for the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. It has been a wild journey back for Jones. Let’s reflect shall we?

Jon Jones was on top of the MMA world; he was ranked as the number one pound-for-pound fighter. After a hit-and-run charge that was caught on camera, Jones was stripped of his Light Heavyweight Title and his ranking, while being suspended by the UFC. A few months later, there were Instagram videos of him working out, looking to be better than ever. There were posts saying he changed and was willing to prove it. When Jones returned, he put in a lot of effort to to defeat Saint Preux (who really held his own). Jones may have looked rusty, but that didn’t stop him from having the advantage in the long run.

What now? Dana White has given us an answer.

Fans will finally receive the rematch they wanted. Jon Jones will fight his rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 to determine who will become the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Due to the circus show that Conor McGregor and the UFC have been involved in (I’ll get to that sometime), an opportunity has arrived for Jon “Bones” Jones. At UFC 200, it will be a war between two Goliath’s as they main event the PPV.


Putting his past history aside (this would look a lot different if I was to talk about it), I welcome Jon Jones back into the UFC. He is the perfect storyteller. This bout could provide a huge revenue boost for the UFC, regardless of the overall hype for UFC 200. Having Jones, one of the best fighters out there, at one of the biggest fighting events in UFC history should be ideal for UFC President Dana White. This is the type of high profile match that fans want to see.

Jon Jones wanted to have a moment of glory, and now he has the chance to receive it and more. The man clamoring to be the center of attention will lead a stacked card featuring Jose Aldo, Miesha Tate and Cain Velasquez. Jones wants to fight for the real belt. He stated after his last fight that he doesn’t want a “copycat” version. He wants to eliminate “interim” and be the official champion again. Someone passionate enough to win a title he technically never got beaten for is what the UFC is all about. Fighting and possibly beating Cormier would just be the icing on the cake for Jones.


If he can behave himself and actually try to be the role model the UFC needs him to be (while continuing to dominate), it looks like the stock for Jon “Bones” Jones will rise again. Jones will look to cement his legacy at UFC 200. The hype for this fight should be fantastic. Here’s to a fun next couple of months.

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Baseball Editor, Misc. Sports Editor. Covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a podcast, The Main Event.
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