Most of those following mixed martial arts (MMA) were shocked. His rival, Daniel Cormier, put to words best what everyone was thinking in a statement: "I don't know what to think anymore."
UFC president Dana White was as flummoxed, deeming the whole thing "unbelievable."
Indeed, why would someone who has been implicated of the same crime—and repeatedly so—risk everything while everyone is watching? It's just plain D-U-M-B.
Jones' team was quick to cry set up. But the guy has history going against him.
Jones, 30, has long struggled with banned substances, among others.
He tested positive for cocaine shortly before he defeated Cormier in their first fight on January 2015.
This was followed by a hit-and-run-case that took away his Reebok and Muscletech sponsorship deals.
In July 2016, he was booted out of from UFC 200 after he tested positive again, this time, for two separate estrogen blockers, both banned substances, which resulted in him getting a one-year ban.
You'd think he would be wise enough to lay off the pill after all he had to go through, but no, he just had to go through all of it again.
White said, "If this plays out like it could and he ends up getting two or three years (ban) it might be the end of his career."
Sigh. All those missed opportunities.
When Jones came out in April 2008, he was unstoppable, going on to amass a record of 6–0 over a period of three months.
This caught the attention of the UFC, who asked him to take a fight against against Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 2008.
Although he exhibited superior skills early on, defeating great fighters one after the other, it wasn't until he defeated UFC light heavyweight champion Maurício 'Shogun' Rua that he became a legitimate star in his own right.
He shone even brightly winning over marquee names like Quinto Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, and Chael Sonnen.
More wins followed but it was with his rivalry with Cormier that garnered much noise for him.
Of course, he beat him twice.
Prior to the Cormier fight, Jones had been linked with a potential megafight with Brock Lesnar.
After Cormier, a huge fight against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic was already being discussed.
He could be earning much, much more than what he earned after the Cormier fight. But now, it looks like he will go back to zero, with the powers that be set to strip him off his title yet again.
More, he will have to relinquish his winnings from the Cormier fight, amounting to 500,000 dollars including PPV earnings.
He will also have to shell out the same amount as fine.
No, he can't try an earn all his loses taking on other fights following four years of ineligibility imposed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Last but not least, Jones may be vulnerable to civil liability—that is, if Cormier makes his move.
If he alleges he never consented to fight a doping competitor, he has a case and it could stand, too, if intentional doping is proven.
Of course, there is a process to all of this. At this point, Jones is only on a provisional suspension.
But, no doubt, whatever the outcome, his legacy has already been tarnished.
Not a few fans, in fact, have already called for his banishment.
Sadly, Jones, considered by many as the best MMA fighter the world has seen, might just fade away sooner than expected as a cheater and fraud.
Well, at least he could try and persuade Hollywood to make a film out of it all.