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Former UFC champion Jon Jones not deterred by suspension, says he’s the ‘greatest’ MMA fighter ever

Jon Jones attends a UFC 200 mixed martial

Jon Jones attends a UFC 200 mixed martial arts news conference, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. Jones has since been ruled out of his scheduled bout against Daniel Cormier after an apparent drug violation. Credit: AP/John Locher

BUFFALO, N.Y. — 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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