I guess that whole “throw yourself on the mercy of the court” thing may turn out to be a bad idea for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who failed his UFC 214 drug test for steroids back in July.
Especially if UFC middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping has anything to say about it. In fact, “The Count” was not opposed to saying goodbye to “Bones” forever, insisting that cheating champions have no place in mixed martial arts (MMA).
“I believe so,” Bisping told SI Now (via MMA Fighting) in regards to a potential lifetime ban. “If you have a history of taking performance-enhancing drugs, there’s no place for it. This is a vicious sport. It’s not for everybody. We’re not trying to put a ball into a basket, we’re trying to — you can dress it up however you want — we’re trying to beat our opponents, either into submission or knock them out. Performance-enhancing drugs have no place in this sport.”
There was an outside chance that Jones returned a false positive and recently had his B-sample put through a battery of tests. Unfortunately for the embattled pound-for-pound great, said tests corroborated the initial findings.
The next step is likely a formal hearing in front of United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), charged with handling not only the testing for UFC, but also the disciplinary action. Jones, a repeat offender thanks to this, could face a maximum ban of four years.