The former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, was assumed to face a four-year suspension as a second-time offender. However, “Bones” received a reduced 15-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency last month.
Due to the “substantial assistance” he provided to USADA, the 31-year old’s four-year suspension was reduced. To boot, Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test in relation to a title fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.
He failed another drug test in 2016 when he tested positive for two anti-estrogen agents and served a one-year USADA suspension.
This year, Jones sought professional help to deal with his depression. His valiant effort of sharing his story will fire the MMA world with enthusiasm.
“Trauma and Loss”
In an interview with ESPN, Jon Jones said that he lived at a trauma facility for 30 days at the end of June. Jones felt “pretty hopeless” after the death of his mother in June 2017 and his positive drug test in August.
To learn more about “trauma and loss,” he went to The Guest House in Ocala, Florida. According to The Guest House website, “guests heal from trauma-induced substance abuse, process addiction, anxiety or depression in a safe, comfortable and confidential setting.”
During his stay at The Guest House, he received help from counsellors and psychiatrists. According to him, the facility “helped a lot.”
“I regained my happiness,” Jones said. “I had to relearn how to love myself as a father, as a husband, as a brother and as a friend. I had to get back to being Jonathan Jones. And I had to learn how to put Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. I had to learn how to differentiate the two. And that’s when I became happy again.”
Jon Jones’ Return
“Bones” is officially eligible to return to the Octagon on the 28th of October. Thus, he is expected to fight Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch for the undisputed 205-pound title at the end of the year.
Considering Daniel Cormier is the current champion, he would have to drop the title first. DC recently said he expects the UFC to soon strip him of the light heavyweight title.
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