ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

It's been over 15 months since Jon Jones last stepped foot into the UFC Octagon... until last night that is. I'll be honest, I got a few goosebumps seeing the former champion return to the arena he once dominated.

Following his successful title defense against Daniel Cormier (his 8th in a row) at UFC 182, Jones fell on some very hard times. He was involved in a hit-and-run incident that nearly sent him to prison, and did end up stripping him of the championship belt.

In the months that's followed, Jones has battled through drug addiction, and had his training interrupted by yet another run-in with police that landed him in jail for the night.

Needless to say, tonight's comeback fight against Ovince Saint Preux will prove to be a defining moment for the former champ. Is he the same fighter that he once was? Will he be able to claim the title again?

These are the questions that Jones will attempt to answer tonight as he battles for the UFC interim title.


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