UFC great Randy Couture has seen it all. He may no longer strap on the four-ounce gloves for anything more than training, but he's seen just about everything imaginable when it comes to the sport of mixed martial arts.
So, when it comes to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' recent positive test for cocaine, Couture thinks the issue is worth taking a second look.
"Well it certainly raises some questions," Couture told Submission Radio. "I'm very familiar with drug testing protocol, coming out of the Olympic wrestling that I was akin to, and you have and out of competition substance list, and the in competition substance list is considerably different. I see now that there was a second test done pre-competition that came up negative. That was in the newspaper today so I'm not sure how accurate that is, but it certainly raises a question. If that second test is true, then I think the commission was doing what they needed to do to make sure that going into that fight on fight night he was clean and didn't put himself or Daniel Cormier in any danger. If that second test never happened, then it raises the question of what the athletic commission was thinking in allowing a guy that's just failed a drug test to continue to compete, and no public statement was made about that failed test."
Couture went on to say he understands the difference between in and out-of-competition testing. He also recognized the importance of making a distinction, for the fighters and the entire sport. That does mean, however, that Couture thinks there aren't other issues at play with respect to Jones and his career.
"Regardless, cocaine is an illegal substance whether it's performance enhancing or not. So it raises a whole bunch of other questions about Jon and obviously he's volunteered to put himself in to rehab, which is good for him," Couture went on to say. "I hope that goes well. It's a shame that the reputation and the ability that he brings to the cage is a little bit tarnished now because of this, but it is what it is.
"He's the one who has to look himself in the mirror and deal with that. It will be interesting to see what his fight night drug test comes back and if it comes back clean. If it doesn't come back clean, then obviously the commission will have no choice but to peruse sanctions against him. Will they go easy on him because he's subjected himself to rehab? That's a question we'll see I guess when the results come back."
Listen to the full interview below.
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