The hits just keep on coming for #JonJones.
Following the announcement Monday that the former light heavyweight champion (and current interim light heavyweight champion) had been suspended for one year by USADA for a positive out-of-competition test taken in the lead-up to his #UFC200 fight with #DanielCormier, it looks like "Bones" will once again find himself title-less.
According to Dana White, the UFC has decided to strip Jones of the interim title he was bestowed back in April via a unanimous decision victory over Ovince St-Preux at UFC 197.
"It doesn't make sense," said White in an interview with ESPN's 5ive Rounds podcast. "He was the interim champion because he should have been fighting for the title [in April]. We gave him this, 'You were supposed to fight for the title, here it is.'"
"It doesn't make sense with all the stuff that is going on for him to still be the interim champion."
Unfortunately for Jones, his most recent demotion represents something of a first for the UFC in all the wrong ways.
It's a story that is likely to give MMA fans flashbacks of the last April, when Jones was stripped of the outright light heavyweight title after he was arrested on a hit-and-run charge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite the severity of the accident, Jones' suspension was lifted after just 6 months by the UFC. Though Jones promised his fans that he had made some significant lifestyle changes in the time since, the levity with which he has been handling his suspension seems to suggest that the youngest champion in UFC history might have a little more maturing still yet to do.