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Jon Jones shuts down ‘latest excuse from past victim’ — ‘Whatever helps you sleep at night’

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Some random meathead on YouTube decided to exhume an interview UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith did with the Jenna Ben Show back in April, for reasons not quite understood, and it didn't take long for the tattletale brigade to grab some quotes and report back to Jon Jones.

“I never even told anyone Jon failed every drug test the entire week leading up to our fight,” Smith said. “Every single drug test. I never brought it up one time in any interview, in any media thing, nothing. The commission called me every day to let me know that he was still failing his drug tests.”

I guess Smith forgot about this interview he did ahead of UFC 235 back in early 2019, where “Lionheart” told reporters that he “trusts” Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) but “didn't understand the science” behind “Bones’” ongoing picogram problem.

“‘The week of our fight, Jon failed every drug test.’ Whatever helps you sleep at night buddy,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “The latest excuse from a past victim. “‘I swear he’s 6 foot 6.’ Too freaking funny, hope you guys are having a great week. Keep shining, keep working hard everyone.”

Jones (26-1, 1 NC) edged out Smith in the UFC 235 headliner, then followed up that performance with a pair of close decision victories over Thiago Santos and Dominick Reyes, the latter of which may of marked his final fight at 205 pounds.

Just don’t expect a heavyweight debut anytime soon.

“I’m not going to allow anyone to rush me,” Jones said. “Becoming a heavyweight is a serious process. Not many people understand what it takes to do it the right way. I’ll be back when I’m good and ready. It would definitely hurt my speed and cardio if I was to try and rush the process. Achieving greatness isn’t something that’s done overnight, it takes patience and consistency sometimes. Right now my biggest fight is in the gym day by day. Getting more gold will come later.”

Jones, 33, has not competed since Feb. 2020.