Just moments ago, Jon Jones learned the first step in his long and winding road back to the Octagon.
Jones had a hearing this morning with the California State Athletic Commission, and after being grilled under oath for hours, they reached a decision.
The decision to have Jones's fight license revoked was upheld unanimously, and he has been fined $205,000 by the CSAC.
Now what does this mean? Well Jon Jones will have to now wait until March 2019 to reapply for his fighting license, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. What's next, the USADA, will likely be even worse.
Jones can face anywhere from a year, to four years suspension, and is likely to be fined again by the USADA as well.
On top of that, the CSAC has the right to deny Jones his fight license in the future, so the road doesn't end with the USADA's punishment.
I'm not going to talk about Jon Jones being innocent or guilty, because we will never know the truth, and in reality I don't care anymore because I have talked about this for too long. What I do think, is that Jon Jones will return one day to MMA, but I don't see that happening before 2020, if that.
Jon Jones is hands down, the most wasted talent in the history or ALL sports. The most physically gifted and dominant fighter to ever step foot in the Octagon, who just couldn't keep his nose clean (literally), and lost himself in the sauce.
I can no longer go to bat for Jon Jones, because he has proved to be impossible to defend.
But just know, that those of us who were lucky enough to watch Jon Jones compete, should consider ourselves lucky, because there may not ever be another Jonny "Bones" Jones.