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Jon Jones might be one of the best fighters Dana White has ever seen, but the UFC president couldn’t hide his frustrations with the former light heavyweight champion during a radio appearance this week.

Speaking with “The TSN MMA Show,” White was asked if he considers Jones the biggest waste of talent he’s known.

“Ever. Ever, in all of sports,” White said. “The guy is so talented and gifted. God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”

White didn’t sound optimistic about Jones receiving a short suspension from the USADA for his latest failed drug test.

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said.

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UFC 182: Jones v Cormier

The B sample from Jon Jones’ failed drug test before his light heavyweight title fight at UFC 214 confirmed the presence of an illegal substance, sources told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

Jones had been flagged by the USADA for testing positive for an anabolic steroid called Turinabol after defeating Daniel Cormier for the title. He faces a four-year suspension and loss of his title due to the positive test.

Jones has denied knowingly taking steroids and his team says it is investigating how the positive test happened, but the failed B sample likely means that any reasoning that is found won’t stop a USADA suspension.

The result of the UFC 214 main event has yet to be modified, though it will likely be changed to a no contest and Cormier will be returned the light heavyweight title. The UFC can only strip Jones of the title, while the USADA can levy a suspension.

Jones passed a blood test, though the substance in question is not detectable through that means of investigation.

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Malki Kawa is confident he knows the cause of Jon Jones’ failed drug test from UFC 214.

He is so confident, he would be willing to bet almost everything.

Kawa, the manager for the embroiled UFC star, expressed both shock and irritation during an interview with The MMA Hour on Wednesday, and stated with clarity that he believes he knows exactly what caused Jones to test positive, according to Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com.

“I can almost bet my life on it that this is another tainted supplement,” Kawa said.

“The problem that we’re having with that is that he passes all of the random tests, but then the one test that we know about, the one that we for sure know about, is the one that we fail? So, something here is not sitting right. I’m assuming it’s the supplements we took. We just obviously got to get to work on it, see what was taken that month, that three-week period, that week of the fight, and figure it out from there.”

Kawa did confirm that Turinabol was the anabolic steroid found in Jones’ initial sample, and that he plans to send “an expert” to make sure Jones’ B sample is taken and examined with the utmost care.

“It’s amazing that you can go from being at the very top of the mountain, everything that you can possibly do to gain the respect the admiration of everyone involved, fans, family members, the people in the UFC, just everyone, teammates, other fighters, and then to go from that, everything he’s been through to finally doing everything perfect – because last time he was being negligent, right? – this time he was being perfect and double-checking everything to (prevent) something like this from happening to him,” Kawa said.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s unreal, and we’re all pretty much shocked. We’re all shocked and devastated.”

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Dana White is open to giving Daniel Cormier his gold back.

Speaking to the media regarding Jon Jones’ failed UFC 214 drug test on Tuesday, White said Cormier – who lost the light heavyweight belt to Jones at the event – would be reinstated as champion if Jones ends up getting stripped of the title.

“As far as I’m concerned, Cormier would be the champion.” White said. “The only guy he’s ever lost to in his whole career is Jon Jones. He was the champ, he’s the champion if Jones (is stripped).”

Jones’ failed test stems from a sample taken a day before the rematch, and while he’s been provisionally suspended per the USADA protocol, White maintains he has to “go through the process” with the promotion’s anti-doping program until a verdict on his status on champion can be rendered.

Jeff Novitzky, who oversees the agency’s program, did not divulge the banned substance behind Jones’ failed test, although TMZ reported Tuesday that anabolic steroid Turinabol was the culprit.

If Jones did indeed test positive for Turinabol, he’ll be facing as much as a four-year suspension, given his status as a repeat offender. He’ll also be facing sanctions from the California State Athletic Commission, the sanctioning body of UFC 214, which took place in Anaheim.

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Jon Jones got his redemption.

With a massive third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday, the longtime light heavyweight champion took down his archrival in convincing fashion to regain the belt.

The long-awaited rematch, finally getting the pair of superstars back in the Octagon for the first time since 2015, started off just about as even as one could expect. After Jones and Cormier traded blows in the stand-up game for the first two frames, the status of the scorecards was anyone’s guess.

Everything changed when they returned for the third.

Catching a leaning Cormier in a compromising position, Jones connected on a vicious head kick that left the defending champ stunned. “Bones” promptly took advantage and jumped in for the finish, getting his opponent to the ground and delivering a series of nasty blows.

The thrilling victory pushes Jones’ career record to an outstanding 23-1, further cementing his case as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.

Jones was nothing but complimentary of Cormier after his victory, taking a step away from their bitter war of words to express admiration for who Cormier is as a man.

Then, leaving no uncertainty about the challenge he seeks next, Jones grabbed a microphone to call out Brock Lesnar.

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He may not have asked for the role, but Daniel Cormier has no qualms about playing the villain.

After seeing fight fans casually turn on him over the course of his bitter rivalry with Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champ nearly went full heel after defending his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210, belittling a cageside Jones and basking in the boos his words evoked. Speaking recently to former WWE superstars Edge and Christian – no strangers to heel turns themselves – Cormier admitted he’s had to come out of his shell as a result of his unenviable place in the court of public opinion.

“Lately I’ve been having to do a little more talking because the fans have, they’ve kind of turned on me – which is okay,” Cormier said, according to MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “I get it. It’s okay. But I kind of relate myself to Roman Reigns, John Cena, those types of guys. Guys that are supposed to be good guys but the fans just have something that they don’t like, something that doesn’t resonate with them. So I’ve kind of been having to talk a little bit more and it’s refreshing.”

While the masses have rallied behind the oft troubled Jones, the comparatively straight-laced Cormier continues to draw their ire, a disparity he attributed to Jones’ trials outside the Octagon.

“People don’t want to be told, ‘I’m good so you should cheer for me.’ Jon Jones is a guy that has made a lot of mistakes, so maybe people relate to him more. They go, ‘Forget this Daniel Cormier goody two-shoes, him and his kids and his family. I want the guy that does coke and parties and crashes cars. That’s the guy I want.’

“Maybe I’m not cool enough because I go to work, I fight, when I’m not fighting I go back and I go to my kids’ soccer and baseball games. That’s what I do. I go to wrestling. I’m not out partying. I’m not out doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Maybe I’m just too boring but I’m fine with it. I like my life.”

And yet, Cormier is still pining for a chance to right the only wrong on his professional record, a unanimous decision loss to Jones suffered at UFC 182. The long-awaited rematch is reportedly being targeted for UFC 214 this summer, and the champ won’t rest easy until he’s rid himself of the blemish.

“It sounds good. Jon and I have been scheduled to fight five times and we’ve fought once. I hope that everything gets done and we get to fight in Anaheim because he’s my white whale. He’s that guy I have to go chase down, I have to get it done. So me and my legacy, for my sanity, for me as a competitor, I have to stand across the octagon from Jon Jones again and win this time.”

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The verdict is in, and it isn’t good for Jon Jones.

The UFC interim light heavyweight champion received a full one-year suspension from the USADA for a doping violation that was reported this past July, according to an official release Monday.

On Oct. 31, Jones became the first fighter to enter an arbitration case with the USADA. His attorney, Howard Jacobs, was confident his client would get a reduced suspension after the agency’s independent testing corroborated their defense that Jones accidentally used a tainted supplement. Instead, Jones will be ineligible to compete until July 6, 2017, retroactive to the date when the violation was reported.

Jones was removed from UFC 200 three days before the event when news of his failed test broke. Estrogen blockers were found in Jones’ out-of-competition sample collected on June 16. Those substances are banned due to their potential use in steroid cycles.

The UFC‘s statement emphasizes that “the decision indicates no evidence of Jones’ intentional use of banned substances.”

Jones’ legal team presented the three-person arbitration panel with a tainted supplement defense, claiming that the substances entered Jones’ system without his knowledge. Conversely, the panel found that “Jones’ degree of fault was at the very top end of the scale,” which resulted in them issuing the full suspension.

The arbitrators elaborated on their decision in an extended statement published by the USADA, specifically referring to Jones previously pointing to a sexual-performance enhancer as the origin of the violation:

“On the evidence before the Panel, the Applicant is not a drug cheat. He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of what he pungently referred to as a ‘dick pill’ he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars. This outcome which he admits to be a wake-up call for him should serve as a warning to all others who participate in the same sport.”

The 29-year-old fighter won an interim belt in his last appearance in April when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in a championship unification bout in the main event of UFC 200, but that bout was canceled in light of Jones’ positive drug test.

A meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission still awaits Jones, which could result in further sanctions.

As of Monday, Jones was still listed on the UFC’s website as the interim champion at 205 pounds, but that status is likely to be rescinded shortly.