There hasn't been a shortage of responses -- and backlash -- for the way Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) handled the drug testing of Jon Jones and the subsequent revealing of the results.
Fans, media and fighters alike weren't too happy when all the behind-the-scenes details emerged after it was revealed that "Bones" tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to his showdown against Daniel Cormier at last weekend's (Jan. 3, 2015) UFC 182 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And now, former UFC light heavyweight and middleweight contender, Wanderlei Silva, is blasting the NSAC for going about the situation all wrong and "damaging the sport" of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the process.
But not before expressing his support for Jones.
"Jon Jones, I come here today to express my support for you together with my fans. We know you are a great champion and that you will over come this. People like to criticize as they were all saints and never did anything wrong. We are all human beings and we all make mistakes. It's important that you've already recognized the problem. You will step out of this and use this as a lesson for many people who have the same problem. Keep being the great champion you are. You will show your champion's strength by over coming one more tough battle."
He then proceeded to blast the NSAC:
"Let's analyze what happened to Jon Jones. [The NAC is] saying that test shouldn't have been done out of competition and that it was an accident. So they went to test him and accidentally tested for cocaine. But now Jon Jones' champion image is damaged. So what's the commission going to do about this? They go, 'ah, we don't know, we'll see what's going to happen.' Are there laws or are there no laws? Sometimes there are laws and sometimes there are none? There are no protocols to be followed? Where are the laws? Who voted for them? Who implements them? You are lost, you don't know what you are doing. This sport has to be regulated. The way that it's going can't continue. This commission is a mess. They don't know what they are [doing]. You can punish or not? There's no set punishment, there's no set testing system. You guys have to be professionals, you ask for fighters to be professionals when you are not. How can you want to put people on trial without laws? Without laws that apply equally to all? Everybody knows the UFC is a business. They put on fights to make money, and in those regards they're not wrong. But the entity that implements the laws for the athletes, the entity that punishes athletes and controls their lives yet doesn't know what they're doing, just can't be. It's a commission that doesn't follow protocols or laws. So you better clean up this mess. Instead of regulating it, you are damaging the sport."
"The Axe Murderer" knows a thing or three about dealing with the NSAC.
The commission has since revealed that Jones should not have been tested for cocaine and that it was simple "administrative oversight" on their end. The official post-fight drug test results have yet to become public.
UFC president Dana White recently admitted that he knew prior to Jon's title defense against "DC" about the positve test results, but chose not reveal them publicly -- or to Jones -- and allowed the champ to fight because it was his "right" to do so.
Silva, though, didn't address or criticize that little detail in his video (which you can see below) . Then again, there's been enough of that already.