FILE - In this July 7, 2016, file photo, mixed martial arts fighter Jon Jones cries as he speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is prepared to break his nine-month silence on Friday, April 7, 2017. On the eve of UFC 210, Jones is scheduled to address the media for the first time since July, when he was issued a one-year suspension following a positive drug test. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Jon Jones as confident as ever while serving latest UFC ban

April 07, 2017 - 7:14 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may have lost a year of his career because of a doping ban. He's not lost his familiar bluster.

Jones referred to himself as "the greatest mixed martial artist who's ever walked this planet" in speaking to the media for the first time since being suspended in July.

Jones wouldn't say whether he'll immediately return to the cage for UFC 213, which is scheduled a week after his suspension is lifted. But Jones vowed his return will be successful in re-establishing him as one of the sport's best pound-for-pound fighters.

The 28-year-old Jones lamented that if not for taking a sexual-enhancement pill, which he says led to the positive test, he would have already regained the title he has now lost twice due to suspensions.

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