So, it was a bad month to have lost a ban bet.
Jon Jones got busted cheating, and it was the fight I lost the bet on.
Had the roles been reversed, I would have shown enough sportsmanship and class to void the bet, but that didn't happen, so I took my month. No problem.
Anderson Silva? Busted. Cheating.
And let's be honest, the UFC and the NSAC were all complicit. "The show must go on," appeared to be the thought process. Rules be damned. Fighter safety be damned. Money rules the day.
Well, I'm certainly applaud Dana White and the Nevada State Athletic Commission for raking in the dough. Congratulations. Unfortunately, the perception of MMA as a sport has been set back years over these two instances.
Here you have the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, Jon Jones, busted using coke, and his testosterone levels near zero. A 27 year-old male athlete with testosterone levels THAT low? Perfectly natural, right? If you believe that to be the case, you have a wall full of Jon Jones posters and a bible verse tattooed across your chest. It's the only explanation.
I would suggest you listen to Victor Conte discuss this in an interview. Conte is the man behind BALCO, "the clear," and all those athletes that cheated the system in other sports, such as baseball.
Now Dana White gave a relatively reasonable explanation as to why Jones was not pulled from the fight against Daniel Cormier. He stated that cocaine was allowed "out of competition," meaning it was fine as long as he wasn't doing it 12 hours before a fight. It's somehow perfectly fine to use cocaine during a training camp.
He also stated that they were under contract with Jones, and would have gotten sued if they pulled the fight.
All reasonable explanations, right? But no word was ever offered on why Daniel Cormier was NOT informed his opponent was using cocaine, and likely, PEDs as well. Is it because Cormier would have had grounds to scrap the fight himself?
Then we have Anderson Silva, the last fighter to be #1 pound-for-pound, before losing his belt and relinquishing his ranking to Jon Jones. The last two pound-for-pound guys...cheaters. Think about that for a minute, and how that makes MMA as a whole look right now.
But "the show must go on." The pre-fight drug test didn't arrive until long after the fight was over, at which point, it was revealed that BOTH participants failed their test.
It's just amazing how the UFC, while raking in big bucks the last month, has managed to set the sport back a decade, at least in public perception. Little regard was shown to fighter safety. It was all about lining a few pockets here and there.
It's just no a good look. I wonder how Reebok feels about this deal right now?