Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, is gearing up (no pun intended) to rematch Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, in what will close out the promotion’s 2018 fight campaign.
And since his “Mauler” do-over marks his return from drug-test suspension, courtesy of Turinabol detected in the wake of his UFC 214
win no contest against Daniel Cormier, “Bones” is going to be facing some tough questions from reporters.
But no worries, he’s got science on his side.
“I think what you do is you look at the science,” Jones told Max Kellerman on ESPN’s First Take. “Instead of judging and saying, ‘Oh well, this guy’s lying,’ because he’s always been a winner, you look at the science. And USADA is a credible drug-testing agency; they always have been. They’ve tested Lance Armstrong and lots of great athletes, the highest level athletes throughout history, and they don’t make mistakes. So the fact that I’m here back fighting is because they don’t mistakes, and I was able to be proven innocent.”
In summary, the fact that USADA busted Jones is proof he’s innocent ... or something like that.
I think he forgot to mention the snitching deal he cut during arbitration that allowed him to score a reduced sentence. While the trace amounts of Turinabol were unlikely enough to help him hulk-smash “DC” in July 2017, there’s still no explanation as to how the banned substance got into his system in the first place.
Can’t blame that one on Mexican hot dogs.
“I’ve been able to do great things in this sport and unfortunately, I had a hiccup with this steroid situation, and I’m grateful that USADA came on and proved my innocence by saying, hey, this was a little bit of a misunderstanding,” Jones said. “And it goes to show how dominant I’ve been in the sport.”
I don’t think anyone misunderstood his first failed drug test ahead of UFC 200 in July 2016, or the time he tested positive for cocaine back in 2014. And despite this edict, promotion president Dana White is back on the “Bones” train as we head into the Gustafsson fight.
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