Anthony "Rumble" Johnson scored a devastating knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202, opening the door to many possibilities for the hard-hitting Blackzilian.
However, a title rematch with UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier may not be one of them. Instead, it looks like Johnson may be forced to fight UFC interim light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones before getting a shot at the real gold.
"I’ve still got to talk to Joe Silva and see what he thinks," UFC President Dana White said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Matt Serra and Jim Norton. "But, I’m thinking maybe we do Anthony Johnson vs. Jon Jones to see who gets to fight Daniel Cormier.”
“I haven’t talked to Jon, but the guy’s got 13 lives. It’s looking good for him. I think he’s got to deal with Nevada right now and this thing that went down. I can’t say a lot about it because it’s not my place. We’ll see how this thing plays out, but it’s looking good for him.”
Jones was pulled from UFC 200 because he failed a drug test. The rumor is that Jones failed the test not for performance enhancement drugs, but because he was taking a generic form of Cialis. From the looks of things behind the scenes, White is optimistic about Jones returning soon.
If it turns out that Jones did take a performance enhancement drug, he could be suspended from MMA for up to three years; up to two years for a first offense (remember his suspension last year for his OOC drug test failure for cocaine was issued by the UFC, as NAC did not render any punishment), with the possibility of an extra year for exacerbating circumstances (e.g. failing for two things at once).
One further thing to note, the NAC is looking at pushing through guidelines that will allow them to punish athletes based on third party testing. You can read up on that HERE.