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Miesha Tate: ‘The faith that I have in Jon Jones has been lost’

Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It sounds like Miesha Tate isn’t even mad, she’s just disappointed.

Following Jon Jones’s hearing in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, in which the UFC star received a $205,000 fine and had his license revoked by the California State Athletic Commission, Tate was asked for her thoughts on Jones during an appearance on MMA on Sirius XM.

The recently retired fighter and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion explained that she’s essentially through with supporting and even talking about Jones.

“The thing is, I don’t really care at this point if he comes back because I’ve lost the motivation and the interest, and the faith that I have in Jon Jones has been lost,” Tate said. “Now maybe in three, four years, if he gets a great suspension [from the USADA], if he gets the book thrown at him and he really does make those changes, maybe he has a chance at restoring [his legacy], but at this point I just don’t care anymore. I don’t care. I’m over Jon Jones. I’m done with it.

“I don’t want to hear his sob story. I felt sorry for the first, second time he kind of had me. But it’s like, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I mean, come on, am I waiting for a fourth now? I just don’t — I’m over it.”

Jones is currently in the midst of dealing with his second USADA case, the first coming back in November 2016, an infraction that resulted in a one-year suspension and the UFC stripping him of an interim title. Jones would return at UFC 214 to defeat nemesis Daniel Cormier a second time, but would fail another drug test in August 2017, this time costing him the undisputed championship.

That was the third time Jones has been stripped of a title. He was forced to vacate his first championship after being involved in an April 2015 hit-and-run incident in which he attempted to flee the scene after a three-vehicle collision.

Jones was also previously arrested for driving under the influence and it was revealed that he tested positive for cocaine in January 2015. The accumulation of these incidents have apparently pushed Tate past the point of caring.

“I wish and I hope that it does change Jon Jones, but I’m also not invested in Jon Jones anymore,” Tate said. “I guess it’s what it is. I’m kind of checked out at this point. It’s just been too many times, too many instances. And I’ve heard this story one, two, three, four, five times already, so unless he shows me something different than just saying ‘I’m a changed man,’ he’s got to do a lot more to gain me back as a fan and to care to see him compete again. I just don’t want to be let down again.”

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