Like Jones, Johnson is giving Silva the benefit of the doubt.
"It was disappointing, but with the way guys are getting popped left and right it doesn't surprise me," Johnson told Fighthub. "A lot of times I think these fighters, you know, we've got our coaches, our trainers, people that we trust and sometimes they just say, 'Here, take this.' We trust them so we take it. Sometimes you just don't ask questions about what is it. You just take their word for it because they've been in your corner for so many times. You just take it. You don't think twice about it. You think it's something good for you. Once again, you trust them."
Some, including Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Tito Ortiz and UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman have called Silva's entire career into question following the positive tests, but Johnson doesn't believe the legacy was built with the help of performance enhancing drugs.
"In Anderson's case, just for me, I just think that's what it was," said Johnson. "I don't think Anderson's really ever been a cheater. He's been a showboater, we know that. That's who he is. He makes the fights entertaining. I don't think he's ever been to the point where he's used something illegal to be the fighter that he is."
Johnson faces Jones May 23 at UFC 187 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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What language is Ronda speaking here?
Hey guys!! All right? I am very happy with my victory! It was very nice to have won the fight in my house and still with a finalisation! Everyone knows how much the jiu jitsu is important to me and to be able to win a struggle in using maracanãzinho This appeal was amazing! As i have received many messages and much love to you guys, i have decided to make this video to be able to say thank you to all !!! Thank you very much!!!!! Ooooosssssss
Fala galera!! Tudo bem? Estou muito feliz com a minha vitória! Foi muito bacana ter ganho a luta na minha casa, e... http://t.co/A4f0bNVyn2— Leonardo Santos (@LeoSantosbjj) March 22, 2015
Melhores momentos https://t.co/HDGF1IzyHU— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 22, 2015
I have no words to thank the affection of all of you!
I did it !!! Thank you all for the support . I'm on top of the world right now. I'm officially living... https://t.co/Cbrz87lMMS— christos giagos (@CGiagos) March 22, 2015
Better luck next time.
Thank you very much @LeoSantosBJJ for the great fight last night and to Brazilian fans for their support. An honor to fight in Brazil! @ufc_brasil #UFCRio
Tony Martin (@tmartinmma) March 22, 2015
Thanks to the people tweeting that they still love me. You guys don't know how much that means to me.— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) March 22, 2015
Out in front got stuck, taking away I get, you won't find exactly what for. More freely, more fun. Did you prepare this time I can do from no regrets. Just a little bit is that I will regret. Just got a big weapon through this practice. To make the best of it: I can think so.
前に出て行き詰まって、距離を取ってやっぱり上手くいかなくて、丁度いいところを見つけないとな。もっと自由に、もっと楽しく。今回の僕に出来る準備はしたから悔いはない。少しだけ心残りはある。ただ今回の練習を通して大きな武器は手に入れた。それを活かせるように次の僕に出来ることを考よう。— 菊野克紀 (@kikunokatsunori) March 22, 2015
Bring your mom!!! pic.twitter.com/3bNO4OvtJ8— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) March 22, 2015
Come on @Chan95Jones I'll have you calling me daddy— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 22, 2015
Business does not pity the weak. pic.twitter.com/esujF8S4iq— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 22, 2015
Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) March 23, 2015
Get well soon.
I hurt my knee while training (torn meniscus) need surgery, but I will be ready by summer Sorry fans for making you wait longer. #TeamRuslan— Ruslan Magomedov (@MagomedovUFC) March 22, 2015
Just took my stitches out hooray !! No more stabbing myself lol pic.twitter.com/D24vYhNHlj— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) March 22, 2015
Longo, the horror.
Announced this weekend (March 20-22 2015)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Emmery Myers.
MMA, perhaps unlike any other sport, has a great way of creating narratives and letting them grow organically. Team sports do it too, but many of those are curated, nurtured and harvested by the sports media establishment prior to consumption by the fans. As if ESPN radio were some bizarro Fox News pushing Bengazi-like hysteria upon us with inflated talk of deflated balls. The MMA fanbase however is what drives the narratives for our sport. And this is no bad thing. No sooner are these storylines created than are they are totally inverted, and like inside out boy, flipped over the bar. It was one week and one day ago when it still appeared 2015 was likely the year Brazil ceded all of their MMA titles to English first language speaking champions.
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