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Jon Jones has a message for his ‘haters’

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jon jones Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jon Jones has never been one to pull punches. Even if they are figurative and in the form of tweets.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion wrote a pointed message Friday on Twitter directed at those who don’t wish him well.

“Let me talk to my haters,” Jones wrote. “Blame my greatness on things you simply will never understand. Hard work. Passion. Suck one.”

The remark is likely in reference to fans on social media saying Jones became arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time due to steroid use.

Jones, 30, tested positive for a steroid in a drug test in relation to his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier last July. Jones won the title fight by third-round TKO, but the result was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) when the failed drug test was confirmed and made a no contest. The UFC stripped Jones of the light heavyweight belt thereafter and gave it back to Cormier.

On Feb. 27, Jones will go before CSAC at his doping hearing in Anaheim, Calif. He is also awaiting arbitration in his case with USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner. He is facing a four-year suspension in the USADA case as a second-time offender.

Jones has vehemently denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. The New York native passed a polygraph test last month in an attempt to prove he is telling the truth. Jones’ agent Malki Kawa said on The Luke Thomas Show earlier this week that he predicts there is a 95-percent chance Jones will fight in 2018.