As part of his deal with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been subjected to additional drug testing leading into his title defense opposite Anthony Smith next weekend at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
In effort to prove his innocence and get back in the good graces of fight fans, Jones has willingly opened up his drug testing to not only USADA, but also NSAC and VADA. With so many doping agencies knocking on his door, “Bones” has been tested quite a bit over the past month.
“Every week, maybe twice a week someone is at my house taking blood and urine,” Jones told MMAjunkie. “I’m OK with it. I’ve got nothing to hide. I’m excited to learn about what’s in my body.”
“It’s not that easy to walk up to my house in the first place, so they do a good job of announcing themselves,” added Jones, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jones, who has been intertwined with USADA for the past few years, is desperately trying to regain the notoriety he once held as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Defeating Gustafsson in his return to the Octagon is certainly a good start, but it all comes down to testing clean moving forward and figuring out why those pesky picograms keep popping up.
With all of these tests being administered to Jones, Smith has to feel pretty good heading into UFC 235 next weekend in Las Vegas. “Lionheart” will want to face the best, and very cleanest, version of Jones, so it’s good to know that USADA, NSAC, and VADA, are doing everything necessary to make sure “Bones” is on the right path.
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