With his own fighting future to be decided in the coming weeks, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is picking Daniel Cormier to defeat Anthony Johnson when the two 205lb’ers rematch in Toronto, Canada on December 10th.
Although he hasn’t been conducting any interviews with the media as of late Jones has certainly been voicing his opinions through social media, specifically on Twitter.
When asked by a fan who is was picking to win between ‘DC’ Cormier and ‘Rumble’ in the main event of UFC 206, ‘Bones’ picked Cormier although hoped Johnson would win which would set up a fresh match-up for his return.
“If I had to bet I would go with DC, his overall game is more complete,” tweeted Jones. “I would much rather fight Rumble for the title. That way I could clear the division and get my belt back at once.”
Cormier was quick to reply to his rival with a polite appreciative post. “Smart man Johnny boy!” tweeted Cormier. “Thank you.”
Jones is set to face USADA today and go through the arbitration process where he, along with the rest of the MMA community, will learn how long he’ll be suspended for, if at all. If USADA treat this case similar to that of Yoel Romero, who also cited tainted / contaminated supplements, then Jones could potentially be back in action sooner rather than later.
Romero went to arbitration and both parties reached an agreement on a six-month suspension against the maximum of two years for a first time offense. If Jones receives a similar sentence then returning to face the winner of Cormier vs. Johnson early of 2017 is most likely.
That being said, there is still one more road block to overcome – the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Regardless of how things go with USADA today, Jones still needs to answer to the NSAC, which is currently scheduled for November 10th, the outcome of that situation is literally anybody’s guess.
No two circumstances are ever treated in the same way by the commission and they are not bound to agree to the same decision made by USADA.