We may not be seeing Jon Jones until his Sept. 29 court date in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing from him in the meantime.
Especially not after veteran MMA writer Josh Gross shed light on Vitor Belfort’s elevated testosterone levels leading up to his light heavyweight title bout with Jones at UFC 152 in September 2012 in a Deadspin piece earlier this week.
Jones’ manager Malki Kawa tweeted out:
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) September 24, 2015
Jones vs. Belfort at UFC 152 also served as the UFC’s first pay-per-view since the infamous UFC 151 debacle — the first-ever canceled event under Zuffa’s reign. As the story goes, Jones’ original opponent, Dan Henderson, was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury just one week prior to the event. In an attempt to save the scheduled event, the UFC looked to former middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen as a replacement; only that Jones refused to take the fight against a different challenger on such short notice.
Jones’ title defense was pushed back three weeks; but this time he’d be taking on another former middleweight title contender in Belfort.
Jones ended up defending his title against Belfort via fourth-round keylock submission. It served as his fourth-consecutive title defense as the UFC’s light heavyweight king, but it also served as his most vulnerable moment as a champion. Early into the first round, Belfort secured an armbar that nearly forced a grimacing Jones to see his arm broken.
Jones has been out of the Octagon since UFC 182 in January, the final bout before his alleged hit-and-run in April. With his legal issues pending, there is no timetable for his return.
Belfort, on the other hand, next faces Henderson and his patented “H-Bomb” on Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo.