clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Morning Report: Michael Bisping skeptical of Jon Jones’ drug testing situation, hopes the champion ‘stays clean’

New, 56 comments

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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.


MUST-READ STORIES

$$$. UFC 232 estimated to have pulled in 700,000 pay-per-view buys.

Trash Talk. Conor McGregor tells ‘broke boys’ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Paulie Malignaggi ‘don’t be b*tching’.

Beef. Nate Diaz reignites beef with Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘I slapped you in your head and your team didn’t do s*it’.

Change. Frank Mir will make pro wrestling debut in April.

Wipeout. Colby Covington: Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman is ‘not going to be competitive’.


VIDEO STEW

2018 Rewind.

Bellator Countdown.

Jack Swagger saying he’s serious about MMA.

Cody starting his fight camp.


LISTEN UP

Severe MMA. Discussing TJ vs. Cejudo, Greg Hardy, and Bellator Ireland.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Beef.

Ouch.

Statement on withdrawal.

Joanna tagged ONE Championship in this post.

Henry is looking absolutely yoked.

Can hardly tell Max put him through the wood chipper.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Glover Teixeira (27-7) vs. Karl Roberson (7-1); UFC Brooklyn, Jan. 19.

Mario Bautista (6-0) vs. Cory Sandhagen (9-1); UFC Brooklyn, Jan. 19.

Daniel Teymur (6-2) vs. Chris Fishgold (17-2-1); UFC Prague; Feb. 23.

Marlon Vera (14-5-1) vs. Thomas Almeida (22-3); UFC 235, March 2.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2012: Jose Aldo knocked out Chad Mendes with a knee to retain his featherweight title at UFC 142.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

Poll

Jon Jones, is he clean?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Yes
    (217 votes)
  • 62%
    No
    (1126 votes)
  • 25%
    Honestly, it’s all too confusing for me
    (463 votes)
1806 votes total Vote Now

If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it! Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, and like us on Facebook!