At UFC 232, Jon Jones made his return to MMA after a 15-month suspension for failing a drug test. He reclaimed the light heavyweight title with a win over Alexander Gustafsson and later, celebrated when his drug tests came back clean. Well, his USADA ones, at least.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Jones’ VADA tests - that he signed up to take so he could be licensed to fight in California - revealed trace amounts of the same steroid metabolite Jones’ failed for last year. The turinabol metabolite was the one that caused so many problems ahead of UFC 232 as it showed up in multiple tests beforehand and caused Nevada to refuse to license him, forcing the entire show to move to California on a week’s notice, who did license Jones with the understanding that it is unclear if the metabolite will ever leave Jones’ system and that he should be licensed to compete again. That means this abnormal test, while unfortunate, was also not unexpected and which is fine by Jones’ next opponent, Anthony Smith, as yesterday ‘Lionheart’ responded to the news on Twitter.
If you’re hitting me up about this, don’t. I truly dont care. Picograms, no picograms, Olympic sized swimming pools, grains of salt ♂️... I couldn’t care any less. I signed on the line and did it knowing what I was signing up for and with no expectations. I’m good, y’all. ♂️ https://t.co/GnQQ6diow6— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) January 24, 2019
“If you’re hitting me up about this, don’t. I truly don’t care,” Smith said. “Picograms, no picograms, Olympic sized swimming pools, grains of salt ... I couldn’t care any less. I signed on the line and did it knowing what I was signing up for and with no expectations. I’m good, y’all. ”
Jones is set to defend his light heavyweight title against Smith at UFC 235 on March 2, assuming Jones can get licensed. UFC 235 is set to take place in Las Vegas, so despite the fact that this test was not unexpected, the NAC still has to clear him to compete and they have previously shown a reticence to do so with evidence of banned substances still in Jones system. Jones is scheduled to go before the commission in a hearing next Tuesday to get his license approved and we’ll have to see how that plays out. If the NAC still won’t license him though, the UFC can always more the card again. At least we know Anthony Smith won’t have a problem with it.
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See you riding. I tell you what im gonna come back up to 55 and give you a chance to see what’s fighting me is all about. Heard you running your mouth in the past, and you’re willing to fight anyone. now let’s see if you can put up. Charmin. pic.twitter.com/9yeeJcMtqK— Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) January 23, 2019
It’s bout time somebody got some nuts. Name the time mike https://t.co/MZk746Wp01— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) January 23, 2019
Let’s get it done— Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) January 23, 2019
When they don’t like any of the 7 house you show just watch lee vs iaquinta 2 and a glass of coquito— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 24, 2019
And call tony Ferguson’s a bird ass— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 24, 2019
Imagine how different the world would be if Yamma did a 125lb tournament instead of heavyweight— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 24, 2019
Kind of weird since the belts looks the same at a glance.
Henry you put me on some championship knowledge and I’ll put you on some game . We cant have you out here looking like a virgin https://t.co/WwlcjhTrhs— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 23, 2019
The question is " will the worldwide stock of steroids be able to provide them both at the same time ? " https://t.co/xAqbzmMovH— Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) January 22, 2019
This thing feels like it has taken forever.
For everyone asking when will I fight again I am still suspended from UFC 229 I hope I will be in that cage soon appreciate all the support!— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) January 23, 2019
Derek Carr seems mad.
@ufc @danawhite hey how do I challenge a couple of these clowns on tv to a fight? I think we should start a business together. Where pro athletes can challenge some of these people to an octagon fight until they give us an answer.... You don’t know me... stop lying.— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 23, 2019
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Rory MacDonald (20-5) vs. Jon Fitch (31-7-1); Bellator, April 27.
At this point, Jon has to have failed more tests than anyone else in UFC history, right? Just another reason he’s the GOAT.
Thanks for reading, and see y’all tomorrow.
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