Urijah Faber: “If Cormier wins, then Jones is the real champ”

Mark Munoz became a mixed martial artist thanks to this guy.

Is Johnson vs. Cormier Nothing More Than an Interim Title?

 

UFC Fight Night Manila main eventer Urijah Faber believes that the UFC stripping the belt away from troubled superstar Jon Jones does not take away the greatness of Bones’ dominant run in the light¬†heavyweight division.

“Jones is definitely one of the best pound-for-pound champions,” the former WEC featherweight champion told the international media present during last week’s scrum. “Him and Cormier had a good fight, but he definitely won. Jones is one of the best. He just needs to let the rest [of Jon Jones] catch up to the championship mentality.”

He is speaking, of course, about Jones’ purported substance-related problems. Jones checked himself into a drug treatment facility following his dominant decision victory over Cormier last January. He was apparently feeling better one day after.¬†Police also found marijuana paraphernalia inside his car after Jones fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident last April.
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End of the Line: Jon Jones’ Manager Hints on the UFC Star Stepping Away from the Octagon for Good

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Is This the End of Jon Jones’ Career?

 

Which is harder to swallow: Ending your glory days inside the Octagon, or outside of it?

Last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was stripped of his title following his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I guess it was a long time coming, as the former UFC champ has been on a downward spiral, first charged with driving under the influence in May 2012 and quite recently testing positive for cocaine prior to his championship bout with Daniel Cormier.

Whereas the UFC has been uncharacteristically forgiving of its troubled champ’s previous transgressions, pressure from public scrutiny forced the hand of Dana and Co. to finally act on Jones’ woes outside the Octagon. And it’s probably for the best of the pound-for-pound great, as Jones’ long-time manager Malki Kawa implied on the extent of personal demons “Bones” has to vanquish during Ariel Helwani’s show “The MMA Hour”.

“It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon,” Kawa said. “I think Jon Jones is gonna focus on Jon Jones. I think he’s gonna take the time to do whatever he’s gotta do. And if it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight, it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight. And I’m OK with that.

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