Jon Jones has expressed his desire to regain his UFC light heavyweight title when he completes his one-year suspension in July next year.
Jones was suspended after testing positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor, in an out-of-competition drug test on June 16.
The results were released just days before Jones, who was interim light heavyweight champion at the time, was supposed to face reigning champion Daniel Cormier in a title unification bout at UFC 200 in July.
Jones will now have to play the waiting game, but he made it clear that when he returns, he will be better than ever and have the light heavyweight belt wrapped around his waist again.
“I’m excited to go back and get my baby (the belt),” Jones said on the Joe Rogan Experience. “No one has spoken to me about whether I get an immediate shot or whether they make me fight at least once or twice before. I have no clue what they are actually planning on doing. I literally haven’t spoken to Dana White since fight week of UFC 200.
“I feel like my best has yet to come, and I’m in a position to really touch a lot of people and inspire a lot of people from where I came from. Doing it for other people motivates me probably more than doing it for myself.”
Jones recently revealed that he used to get “blacked-out wasted” just a week before his fights, but the 29-year-old feels that he has overcome his alcohol addiction and is starting to turn his life around.
“I seriously have been working on my personal life tremendously, and I seriously feel as of right now, I feel amazing,” he said. “I feel better now today than I did when I was beating everybody’s ass and sponsored by the world. I literally feel better today because I feel I’ve conquered a lot of demons in my personal life.”