Earlier today, former UFC champion Miesha Tate vocalised what many in the world of mixed martial arts were thinking when she criticised Jon Jones and his appearance in front of the California State Athletic Commission.
Tate was asked if she believed we would see Jones back in the cage, only to offer an impassioned response that she was past caring, pointing to the ever growing list of controversies Jones has been in as a reason for her new found nonchalance.
“The thing is, I don’t really care at this point if he comes back because I’ve lost the motivation and the interest, and the faith that I have in Jon Jones has been lost,” Tate said, speaking on MMA on Sirius XM. “Now maybe in three, four years, if he gets a great suspension, if he gets the book thrown at him and he really does make those changes, maybe he has a chance at restoring that, but at this point I just don’t care anymore. I don’t care. I’m over Jon Jones. I’m done with it.
“I don’t want to hear his sob story. I felt sorry for the first, second time he kind of had me. But it’s like, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I mean, come on. Am I waiting for a fourth now? I just don’t — I’m over it.”
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) February 28, 2018
“I don’t quit when things get tough for me, I get stronger,” Jones wrote. “You just wait and see, maybe you’ll even find motivation in it.”
@MieshaTate I don’t quit when things get tough for me, I get stronger. You just wait and see, maybe you’ll even find motivation in it. Sucks I lost you as a fan. Enjoy retirement sister
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 1, 2018
Jones’ future is currently uncertain. Yesterday, he had his fighting license revoked by the CSAC, as well as being fined $205,000. He now awaits judgement from USADA to know how soon he’ll be allowed to return to active competition.