Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has hinted that the rumours of him headlining UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden could end up being true.
Jones, 31, is currently waiting to see the terms of his suspension from USADA after testing positive for a banned substance in the wake of his UFC 214 victory over rival Daniel Cormier. Many fans have been speculating as to whether or not the amount of time it’s taken for an announcement to be made could mean that he’ll be coming back to the Octagon sooner rather than later.
As you can see by this short response, Jones certainly didn’t rule out the possibility of him headlining the UFC’s third annual MSG show.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 10, 2018
Jones has been forced to sit on the sidelines for the last year, with the aforementioned DC taking pretty much everything that Jones was planning to accomplish. He won back the UFC Light Heavyweight title, he defeated Stipe Miocic to become a two-weight champion, and he’s set to face off against Brock Lesnar at some point in early 2019.
If Jon does indeed come back many fans would love nothing more than to see him battle Cormier, but it seems unlikely given the nature of his impending second suspension. The general MMA fanbase seems to be split down the middle regarding Jones’ potential return, with some believing that he should be punished for what he’s done – whereas others just want to see him fight again.
The UFC’s previous two cards at MSG were headlined by Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre.