White: I talked with Jones for first time since his last fight
UFC president Dana White, and Jon Jones, arguably the best fighter in league history, have endured an often contentious relationship. It went from bad to worst when Jones failed an anti-doping test for a second time. Jones is facing a suspension of conceivably as long as four years. However, White spoke recently with TMZ Sports and said Jones is optimistic, and is in training with the hope of returning in 2018.
“I don’t know, obviously, that would be great,” said White.
“You know what’s crazy about you asking me about John? John and I talked yesterday for the first time since his last fight.”
That would place the last conversation at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017. Jones earned a KO win over Daniel Cormier but saw it changed to a No Contest after Jones tested positive for Turinabol metabolites.
“He sounds good – looking at positive things right now, and just focusing on training, ” said White. The UFC boss was asked if a 2018 return was possible.
“He wants to come back, absolutely,” said White. “I don’t know [if it happens in 2018]. That’s up to USADA, I’ve got nothing to do with that.”
Jones will appear before a California State Athletic Commission board on Tuesday where he may learn about the duration of his suspension. USADA might then defer, and Jones future would be mapped out, for now.
White was also asked about Anderson Silva’s contention that his failed test was due to contaminated supplements. White did not appear to find that explanation completely compelling.