For the last decade, Michael Bisping has been one of the most outspoken opponents to PED usage in MMA, so it should come as no surprise that the former middleweight champion has a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding the most recent Jon Jones drug testing controversy.
Leading up to his return at UFC 232, Jones had a drug test that revealed metabolites of turinabol - the banned substance found in his system that led to his 15-month suspension - still in his system. The “drug-testing abnormality” resulted in the Nevada Athletic Commission being unwilling to license him to fight, which caused the UFC to move the entire event to California on a week’s notice. Later, UFC executive Jeff Novitzky revealed that USADA had actually found adverse findings in Jones’ tests multiple times last year, including August, September, and December. But despite these repeated adverse findings, Jones’ UFC 232 drug tests came back clean, and to Bisping, this all seems a little convenient.
“So Jon Jones passed his post-fight drug test, which was the question that I asked him which pissed him off which led to him being kind of annoyed with me on the post-fight show,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast recently. “I don’t want to turn this into Michael Bisping sh*tting on Jon Jones because he’s a legendary fighter - he was the youngest ever champion in the UFC. But to me - and I don’t know the science, I’m speaking purely from the standpoint that this is a fair question to ask - the narrative as to why he failed the drug test and failed multiple drug tests in August, September, and December, is that these metabolites from the turinabol were in his system from years ago and they could still be there for years and then all of a sudden he tests positive and then it’s brought to the forefront - Devil’s advocate, you would have to be f*cking stupid to continue microdosing - then all of a sudden, voila, the next time he gets tested it is out of his system. I don’t know. I’m not saying that is the reality, I’m just saying that is the first thing that I thought and I’d be lying if I didn’t say so. . .
“That was the narrative going into this fight: ‘Listen, this is remnants, it was leftover from whenever it was.’ But the point of the matter is that Jeff Novitzky was saying, everyone was saying this could be in his system for a long, long time and then , lo and behold, he tests clean.”
The UFC 232 drug tests were not the only tests to come back clean for Jones. Jones submitted a clean test at the beginning of August, and then four consecutive clean tests from September through November. After some discussion with experts, USADA determined that the failed tests were the results of “pulsing” and that there was no evidence the drug had been re-administered or was providing any enhancing benefits, and that was why Andy Foster and the California Athletic Commission was willing to sanction Jones to fight at UFC 232.
And while Bisping may think this all is a little suspect, “The Count” is at least glad that Jones did test clean and is hopefully, competing clean again.
“I’m glad he tested clean, I really am,” said Bisping. “I hope he continues to do so. He’s a great talent, he’s a great fighter, and I’m glad Jon Jones is back. I’m glad anytime fighters come back.
“I hope he stays clean. I don’t hope he passes his tests and gets away with it. I hope he stays clean. They’re two very different things. I don’t hope he gets away with it. I hope he’s competing on a level playing field and we get to see the best Jon Jones that we can.”
Bisping will get a chance to see the best Jon Jones possible soon enough. The newly minted light heavyweight champion is planning on a busy 2019 and already has his next fight lined up, a clash with No. 3 contender Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas, Nev. - assuming the NAC will license Jones to compete.
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Let the record show. I like Paulie Malinaggi. Here is a confrontation between us regarding a picture he was upset about. Yes you heard that right. A picture. I told him here to his face. “Don’t be bitching.” Common knowledge I would think for a fighting man. Don’t be a bitch, bitching. The same thing I said to khabib at the end of round 3. My round. Don’t be bitching! Every single round bitching to the referee. He was even bitching in the fourth round from mount position. It baffled me. If anyone should have been saying anything to the referee, it should have been me in that 1st round. That round he held onto my legs for four minutes straight. With zero activity. But a fight is a fight who gives a fuck. Crying to the referee like a proper bitch. I was trying to dig my fingers into his Adams Apple. Many individuals in the fight business, I have learned lately, are absolute bitches. I know you’s are broke boys. But don’t be broke bitches.
I slapped you in your head you and your team didn’t do shit ...— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 13, 2019
Live with that ur all pussies
You was hiding behind security and ran away coward, it’s clear on the video. We just smashed your team that night you punk pic.twitter.com/xvJoO8thxo— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 13, 2019
Be real— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 13, 2019
You know what happened live with it
What’s @dillondanis top accomplishment In life. Vote and retweet— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) January 13, 2019
And this clown actually lost this match for you Jake, I was there! What a shame ♂️ ♂️ now we all know Why Marcelo Garcia kick him out!! Great Job MG https://t.co/GUVvEgHgZ5— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) January 13, 2019
I’m actually old enough to be your dad and still easily beat you at your own sport. Your biggest accomplishment is sucking Conor’s dick https://t.co/2YAPVdMTjZ— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) January 13, 2019
Statement on withdrawal.
Thank you to all my friends family and the fans attending the UFC Brooklyn event. I am 100% healthy and ready to fight. My team and i tried our best to keep the fight on. Unfortunately the decision wasn’t up to us. Im excited to be back in action as soon as possible #UFCBrooklyn— Randy Brown (@TouchNgo_) January 13, 2019
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Henry is looking absolutely yoked.
Can hardly tell Max put him through the wood chipper.
Always reminding myself that the reason that I’m doing this, is to make my life better. pic.twitter.com/KD1WorCQfm— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) January 13, 2019
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