What Jon Jones’ Reemergence Means for the UFC
Jon Jones is still a UFC Superstar
The one true king hath returned. Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight championship in vengeful fashion after he head kicked Daniel Cormier to oblivion on UFC 214. The #1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter didn’t miss a beat as he quickly dismissed the next best fighter and topped it all off with a callout of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The epic return behind him, Jones can now set their sights on bigger more lucrative opportunities.
How quickly everyone forgets. Not too long ago, Jones was the UFC’s golden child. The eight-time defending light heavyweight champion was seemingly invincible and was coming off his most high-profile victory over Cormier until he pissed it all away with drug abuse and run-ins with the law. Jones took years to build his superstar status to watch it vanish within a few weeks.
To exacerbate his situation, his first comeback attempt was sullied by a doping scandal.
Jones fell off the face of the Earth. UFC President Dana White was even quoted saying he would never trust Jones to main event again following Jones’s last-minute scandal that threatened to uproot UFC 200 last year. But it’s all water under the bridge and following UFC 214′s success, White should be ecstatic he has the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter back.
The two are still on rocky terms but Jones is all about his business and recently called out Brock Lesnar, a fight that has the potential to be the biggest fight the UFC can make.
Jones is lauded by some as the greatest fighter in the promotion’s history although his PPV sales have been lukewarm. Hard to believe but Jones has not headlined a PPV that has broken the one-million mark. This could soon change as Jones is taking lessons from Conor McGregor and is looking to make money fights. With McGregor and Rousey absent, the UFC should invest all their efforts into building Jones back up.
UFC Has New Old Stars to Fill the Void
UFC 214 didn’t just feature the reemergence of Jones but also that of Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The UFC’s new women’s featherweight champion demolished Tonya Evinger in true Cyborg fashion. Like Rousey before her, the UFC created a new division just for her.
But before Rousey, Cyborg was already a destructive force. Had it not been for a doping scandal, she could have been in the UFC much sooner. But better late than never. The Brazilian’s smashmouth fighting style should quickly earn her notoriety as she fills the void in women’s MMA.
Jones and Cyborg have been around MMA for years but they now take center stage as the UFC’s biggest stars along with the returning Georges St-Pierre and possibly Brock Lesnar. St-Pierre will be fighting UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 while Lesnar is reportedly ready to return to the UFC again. McGregor’s status remains up-in-the-air but the UFC now has its old stars ready to make the promotion great again.
Betting on the UFC & MMA
There is nothing quite like MMA and the UFC is its leading brand. With over 40 events a year, there is plenty of opportunities to bet on the UFC and many online sportsbooks available to Canadians. A signup bonus only sweetens the deal and would make a good starting point as the UFC heads to its last quarter, which promises plenty of stacked cards beginning with UFC 215 in Edmonton next month and GSP’s first fight in four years in November. It’s a great time to be an MMA fan!
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