Jon Jones is trying to tell us that banned substances or not, he’s not a cheater.
“Bones” owns the name of one of the most successful MMA fighters in history. By ill hap, two of his separate drug tests with USADA in July 2016 and August 2017 resulted positive, shadowing some of his most excellent performances inside the cage.
Despite testing positive of banned substances, his team argued that the former light heavyweight champ was a victim of tainted supplements. The first failed test stripped the now-31-year-old fighter from his interim light heavyweight title and suffered a year of suspension.
Jones saw his light heavyweight title win over Daniel Cormier overturned to a no-contest when he tested positive for the second time. He was also out of the Octagon for 15 months after so.
An independent arbitrator reportedly “found that Jon Jones was not intentionally cheating” in the latter case according to USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart’s released statement in September.
However, sceptics are still questioning the legitimacy of the tainted supplement defence since Jones’ team failed to provide a lucid explanation of how the banned substances ended up in the fighter’s system.
“No Possible Way to Affect Performance”
On a recent interview with JW RAW show, Jones defended himself from people criticising his legacy for alleged cases of cheating. He pointed out that regardless of the reason behind his failed tests, ingesting any type of steroids did nothing to enhance his fighting performances.
“I would say that those would be people looking for an excuse not to give it to me, not to give credit where it’s due. Because in the first situation, it was proven — well, in both situations, whatever was in me chemically was proven scientifically that the amounts were so small that there was no way possible to affect my performance in a positive or a negative way.”
“The two times where I’ve failed drug tests for performance enhancers, it’s been so small that it can’t affect your performance.”
Continuing, Jones said:
“For anybody who’s saying, ‘Well, he must have been cheating,’ it’s like, okay, after what I just said, if you still want to call me a cheater, then you just don’t want to admit that I’m f**king pretty good at this.”