ByJoshua Molina, writer at Creators.co
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Joshua Molina

That's why he was crying like Nancy Kerrigan.

Jon Jones, at one time considered the greatest mixed martial artist on the planet, gave a memorable, tearful apology to his fans days before his big fight with Daniel Cormier was scrapped at UFC 200 over his alleged positive banned substance test.

Now we know why.

Jones' positive test with the United States Anti-Doping Agency may cost him up to $30 million in the long run. Jon Anik said on the Anik and Florian podcast that Jones stood to earn $10 million from UFC 200 alone.

"The financial swing for Jones here is absolutely incredible. I'm sure for fans that's not their foremost concern, but we're sort of advancing the story a little bit here or at least talking about this several days after it happened. Antoine Walker, former Boston Celtic, made over $100 million in the NBA and blew all of it. Jon Jones is almost the opposite of that. The untold millions he isn't realizing because he can't make the walk in certain spots in his career. Now, they say he might have made $10 million from UFC 200 alone, so if he's suspended for 12 months or 24 months, Kenny, that might be like a $25 or $30 million loss by ingesting whatever supplement he popped for."

Jones also took a hit to his toughness reputation. It came out at Monday's hearing that Jones tested positive for taking two estrogen blockers. Jones has been temporarily suspended and he will have a full hearing later this year.

(image courtesy mmaweekly.com)