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Brendan Schaub slams USADA for drug testing Jon Jones just once in 2018 - ‘Be less obvious if you’re in on the gig’

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently revealed that — despite his lengthy layoff from mixed martial arts (MMA) because of a failed drug test following his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in 2017 — he never left the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool.

The problem, at least for Brendan Schaub, is that “Bones” — who has failed two tests beforehas only been tested once so far in 2018. Cormier, meanwhile, has been tested a whopping 11 times in the past eight months.

And that just won’t fly with Schaub.

“Again, I tell you guys this all the time, if you think USADA’s organization is the end-all-be-all and is the goody two-shoes of the world when it comes to drug testing, you’re fooling yourself,” Schaub declared on his Below the Belt podcast (via MMA Fighting). “A man who has been notoriously known for failing drug tests gets tested once?! I’ve always been skeptical of USADA. Always.”

To hear “Big Brown” tell it, the discrepancy doesn’t add up, and it seems USADA is focusing more on the fighters we all know are squeaky clean as opposed to the ones who have a tainted past.

“Of course [Daniel Cormier]’s going to pass the tests. Of course they have to test the athletes, of course they have to test certain guys, but does no one find it kind of sketchy that the guy who we know 100 percent is going to pass the test, gets tested more than the guy who is known for failing tests?! And I’m not even a conspiracy theory guy. But, does no one think this is f**king strange? How crazy is that,” he pondered.

“Or how Holly Holm is tested all the time. They have to check boxes. We know for a fact, ‘D.C.’ and Holm are never going to fail a test. So if you test them relentlessly, we can go on your site and go, ‘F**k, look, they’re doing their job.’ But, when you look at people who are skeptical, and they’re not getting tested, do you not think anything’s up here?”

In 2017, though, “Bones” was tested nine times, while “D.C.” was tested on 13 occasions, Still, Schaub’s issue is that USADA is making it a bit too obvious that it is somehow “in on the gig” with Jones.

“I really don’t give a s**t,” Schaub continued. “I really don’t. It’s just a little obvious. Be less obvious USADA. If you’re going to be in on the gig — wink wink — at least make it a little less obvious. At least test Jon four times. Can you do that over a year period? Can you go there four times? You’re testing anyways in Albuquerque, can you test the man? Is that too much to ask for?”

At the end of the day, “Big Brown” doesn’t want to see Jones — or anyone else for that matter — get popped. He just wants more consistency across the board.

“Again, I don’t want you guys to catch Jon or ‘D.C.’ or anyone doing anything,” Schaub added. “Don’t ruin my sport. You already f**ked it up enough. Just don’t test him. Or post fake testing. Just say you tested Jon, I don’t give a f**k. But, don’t say you tested him once out of the year and you test ‘D.C.’ 11 [times] and tell us you’re doing your job.”

Fair points?

As for Jones, he has yet to settle his issues with USADA despite his management repeatedly saying the process should be wrapped soon. And while nothing has been made public regarding Jones’ current status, there are some MMA insiders who believe “Bones” is gearing up for a return sooner rather than later.