A timeline of the rise and fall of UFC superstar Jon Jones

Jon Jones had steroids in his system prior to his UFC 214 grudge match against Daniel Cormier. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirmed this after the “B” sample from his most recent failed drug test also came back positive.

Often regarded as the greatest fighter in UFC history, Jones is now facing a suspension that could see him barred from mixed martial arts competiion for up to four years.

Jones is no stranger to controversy. He has been suspended and fined by athletic commissions and the UFC alike also being taken into custody on multiple occasions for incidents outside of the cage.

With that in mind, here is a timeline of the notable triumphs, trials and tribulations Jones has seen throughout his MMA career:

April 12, 2008 – Jones makes his mixed martial arts debut at age 21, defeating Brad Bernard by TKO in 92 seconds at a Full Force Productions event in Boxborough, Mass.

Aug. 9, 2008 – Just four months after making his MMA debut, Jones competes in the UFC for the first time. He improved to 7-0 as a pro by earning a unanimous decision over Andre Gusmao at UFC 87.

January 2009 – Jones is cited for “unsafe passing” while driving with his girlfriend and young child in Ithaca, N.Y. Jones’ vehicle allegedly struck a car attempting to make a left turn. There were no injuries and he was not deemed to be at fault for the minor accident.

Dec. 5, 2009 – Jones suffers the first and only official loss of his career. Jones was disqualified due to using illegal “12-to-6 elbows” on Matt Hamill.

March 19, 2011 – After steadily climbing up the rankings, Jones becomes the youngest champion in UFC history when he TKOs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 to claim the light-heavyweight title. The morning of the fight, Jones helps foil a robbery attempt in Paterson, N.J.

Nov. 24, 2011 – Jones is cited for “loss of traction” while pulling into an Albuquerque strip club. The Bentley Jones was driving was towed and Jones was taken into custody once officers on the scene learn Jones was driving on a suspended licence. Charges were eventually dropped.

May 19, 2012 – Jones is involved in a minor accident when he crashes his Bentley into a utility pole in Binghamton, N.Y., after a night of partying. His two female passengers suffer minor injuries. Jones is uninjured. He gets taken …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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