Jon Jones is widely regarded as the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world, but he’s quickly following the footsteps of the top MMA drug abusers in history.
Not new to controversy, the former number one pound for pound fighter in the world and record holder as the youngest UFC champion in history continues to deny taking steroids.
Jon Jones’ doping allegations go back in January 2015, when he failed a drug test prior to UFC 182. When he was connected to a hit-and-run incident in the same year, law enforcers found a pipe of marijuana in his SUV with marijuana inside of it.
On July 8, prior to his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, his urine sample tested positive for a banned substance, which Jon Jones along with his manager vehemently denied.
“I’ve been taking the same supplements for the majority of my career and I’ve been so outspoken about being against any type of performance enhancers,” Jones said.
“I’m still to the day against performance enhancers. And so the one thing that sucks, being labeled as someone who cheats, it hurts me more than anything else I’ve ever been through in my career.”
His demand for a B sample to get tested was granted and still came out positive.
Jon Jones says he’s been soul-searching, and even went through rehab last year. But on July 18th, he continually denies taking steroids. Even after a series of failed drug tests, he believes he is innocent, and that he isn’t in the same boat as Brock Lesnar.
New reports reveal that he tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor, yet Jon Jones denies any knowledge of it as if poking an opponent in the eye, which he is infamous for.
But nobody seems blinded by his actions, which he blames as a mere result of his ignorance.
“Not trying 2 come across as a victim if anything I’m a victim of my own ignorance & yes this could’ve been prevented. Don’t write me off just yet, I know in my heart that I’m not a cheater. I trust in the system to help me prove it.” Jones said.
Following the cancellation of the Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier fight UFC, Dana White said, “How many chances can you give this guy? How many breaks can you cut this kid? You know what I mean?
Jon Jones remains suspended until a formal meeting is called later in the year.
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