The UFC received some good news Wednesday night, at least in terms of adding another main event fighter to the roster.
USADA gave Jon Jones a 15-month suspension for his failed drug test last year, making him available to fight again before the year is over.
Jones was suspended for taking a banned substance, but had the length shortened to just over a year. He faced up to four years on the sidelines for it being his second offense.
“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation,” Jones posted on social media. “I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life.
“It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.”
What will happen with Jones next? Some reports have already mentioned a quick return at the New York City card in early November, but would the UFC risk placing him on such a marquee event and in a headline role?