As Jones looks to continue his dominance this weekend, one thing that will never go away is his past.
This weekend, Jon “Bones” Jones (24-1-0, 1 NC) takes on Thiago “Marreta” Santos (21-6-0) at UFC 239.
Jones is widely considered the best mixed martial artist of all time due to his awkward fan friendly style and reinvention of the sport.
However, his lone blemish to former UFC light heavyweight Matt “The Hammer” Hamill has always tainted a perfect career.
Jones’ lone defeat came in his fourth UFC bout back in December 2009. He was disqualified for landing illegal downward elbows on “The Hammer” in the first round of The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at the Palms Casino.
Many look at the loss as a technicality for the then-future champ. Still, UFC President, Dana White believes the loss should be overturned and revealed plans towards its eradication.
During an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “The Sedano Show,” White delved into the organization’s new crusade to have the result overturned.
“The guy’s never lost a fight ever,” said White. “That one loss on his record, we’re trying to get that (overturned). It was at a time and place in the Nevada State Athletic Commission when it was at its worst.
”It was the weakest commission ever in the history of Nevada, and the referee that reffed that fight shouldn’t have even been in there, and he disqualified Jon, which shouldn’t have happened, either. So hopefully we can get that overturned.”
White, the leader of the UFC, is supposed to be an impartial administrative figure, yet again chooses to please the cash of his current cash cow.
At first it was Conor McGregor, who singlehandedly salvaged the UFC’s market share over competitor Bellator MMA while Jones was on suspension.
Ever the Vince McMahon clone, White constantly tries to control the narrative of his unscripted UFC “characters.” His excoriation of that night’s referee, veteran ref Steve Mazzagatti, feeds right into his perceived ability to reshape history.
Hamill Lays Down The Hammer
Matt Hamill heard the noise and took to social media to air his opinion on the subject.
“Rematch? Let’s make it happen. Hope he’s Clean this time.”
Hamill’s implication that Jones wasn’t clean when they fought is based on his drug testing failures for PED and recreational drugs like cocaine.
He also replied to one of the comments following up with:
“I didn’t get mauled last fight. I’m now back back wins. No worries. I made a mistake when Jones took me down and broke my collar bone. I only have one arm to defended. Can’t escape from the bottom.
“So one arm to blocked Jones elbow (no other fighters ever took me down but Jones) I have a good takedown defense so it will be different in rematch. Woooooooo baby let’s make it happen.”
Jones caught wind of the banter and commented on the post as well:
”Damn Matt, the disrespect. Thought you were smarter than this. Honestly, I’ve never said a bad thing about you.
Both Hamill and Jones are upstate New York wrestlers and previously had no smoke that the world could see.
As Jones looks to continue his dominance this weekend, one thing that will never go away is his past and as long as McGregor is out, Jones is the investment that Dana White will protect over all others.