Jon Jones
Bones

USA

Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/8/2020
Set to fight Reyes in February
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 22, 2019
Jones (foot) will take on Dominick Reyes in Houston on Feb. 8, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Through the online onslaught of taunts between Jones and Stylebender, the UFC announces a headliner to fill the gap between the marquee fight. Reyes, known as The Devastator for his propensity for stiff kicks, is undefeated as a professional, with seven of his 12 victories coming by way of knockout. Jones, however, opens up as a -420 favorite over Reyes.
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Next opponent in his sights
Light HeavyweightUFC
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November 7, 2019
Jones (foot) announced via his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he's hopeful to face Dominick Reyes in his next fight.
ANALYSIS
The fact Jones is publicly targeting his future opponents seems to suggest he's nearly recovered from the multiple injuries sustained during his five-round war with Thiago Santos this past summer. The current champion apparently considered Corey Anderson as an opponent following Anderson's thrilling victory over Johnny Walker at UFC 244, but he believes Reyes is more dangerous, and thus wants the more challenging fight. At this stage, papers aren't signed and the promotion is likely a long way from making anything official. However, it seems Jones is content to continue cleaning out the 205-pound division before welcoming middleweight champion Israel Adesanya up to light heavyweight, or moving up to heavyweight himself.
Misdemeanor charges dropped
Light HeavyweightUFC
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October 15, 2019
The misdemeanor battery charge against Jones was dropped Tuesday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
After several independent witness interviews failed to corroborate the accusations associated with the misdemeanor, the charge against Jones was dropped. Jones pled no contest to one petty misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, which led to a sentence of 90 days probation, which will prohibit him from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs and order that he has no new violations. If the probation would be violated, Jones would face 90 days in prison. Jones previously received the support of UFC President Dana White surrounding his legal proceedings, likely signaling that Jones should be able to return to the octagon soon.
Has support of Dana White
Light HeavyweightUFC
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July 28, 2019
In a video of the UFC 240 post-fight presser posted by MMAJunkie.com, UFC President Dana White appeared to offer Jones his support, insinuating that he had seen videos that prove Jones is innocent.
ANALYSIS
While White did not have videos at the ready to share with media members, but he calmly and confidently showed no concerns about upcoming legal trouble for Jones. He even stated "It's hard to give Jon Jones the benefit of the doubt... until you see the videos." With concerns about Jones fighting in the UFC again aside, the news conference then went in the direction of possible opponents for Jones. Corey Anderson's name was mentioned, though White did not seem happy with that idea, citing Anderson recently turning down a significant number of fights. Jan Blachowicz -- winner of five of his last six fights -- has also put his name in the running. Should Jones remain set on clearing out all opponents at 205 pounds before moving up to heavyweight, Blachowicz would be one of the logical choices. Dominick Reyes is the highest-ranked opponent Jones has yet to face, but he's currently scheduled for an October matchup with Chris Weidman. Should Reyes take care of business there, he could end up the next opponent for Jones as well.
May face more legal trouble
Light HeavyweightUFC
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July 22, 2019
Jones is facing a battery charge following an alleged incident that occurred at at a strip club in New Mexico in April, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The accusations reported by a local news team in Albuquerque do not paint a pretty picture of the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, but Jones and his legal team were quick to deny any wrongdoing. In an official statement, a spokesperson relayed that "[Jones], and multiple witnesses, stand ready to factually refute the malicious lies being told about him to the public." Jones also quipped back via his personal Twitter account, stating "I'm definitely not in any kind of trouble." It will be difficult to win in the court of public opinion given the checkered past of Jones, but it sounds like this story will take some time to fully play out. Jones, who had been one of the most active champions of late, had been due to take some time off due to injuries suffered in his five-round victory over Thiago Santos, but this gives him another reason to stay out of the spotlight for the time being. According to the ESPN report, the charge Jones is facing could land him jail time, though court records officially describe it as a "petty misdemeanor."
Facing possible medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 8, 2019
Jones suffered a left foot injury in his win over Thiago Santos at UFC 239 and is facing a potential six-month medical suspension, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday after defeating Thiago Santos via split decision, but he did not come away unscathed. Jones will have to undergo X-rays on his left foot and will need to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor before returning to action, and if he is not, he is at risk of being handed a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Even if Jones receives good news from his medical checkup, he'll remain out of the Octagon until at least Aug. 21 at a minimum, per Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com. Jones has been one of the most active champions since mid-2018, but received his first true test in some time against Santos, which will effectively force him to take some recovery time.