Jon Jones just can't seem to stay out of trouble as of late, and his most recent run-in might have just tarnished his legacy forever.
Jones once rules as the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the UFC, before a hit-and-run incident that left a pregnant woman's arm broken forced him to relinquish his title. Daniel Cormier would then swoop in to claim the vacant title, and Jones was set to make his return at UFC 200 to unify his interim title with Cormier.
Just days before the event, however, Jones failed a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) test after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). After serving a year suspension, Jones returned at UFC 214 and defeated Cormier in the main event via third round knockout to reclaim the 205-pound strap.
All seemed right again, before just a few weeks later when another USADA test returned positive for PEDs yet again. Jones has yet to be stripped of his title, but things aren't looking good for the 30-year-old champ's future.
One of Jones former opponents, and former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger, Chael Sonnen recently joined The MMA Hour to discuss Jones' failed tests. The pair competed back in April of 2013 where Jones won the bout via TKO in the first round. Sonnen speculated that Jones could have been on PEDs during their bout as well (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“All I can tell you is I had a higher juice concentrate than Tropicana and he pushed me around like Mack truck vs. a Volvo, so I think for the better part of his career, that seems to be how it works,” Sonnen said.
“I know for me, I know exactly the day I started taking banned substances, but I would never deny it. I’ve been competing since I was nine years old and if somebody wanted to go, ‘His whole career is in question,’ it’s like yeah…
"If you did a dishonest act, sometimes the most honest thing you can do is just say, ‘Yeah, you got me.’
“In a time like this you could really use some friends,” Sonnen said. “I don’t think the words that he used (criticizing) the president Dana White before his last fight are going to help him very much in this situation.
“If there’s anything that Jon likes to do besides banned substances, it’s burn bridges. I don’t understand why he does that, but it’s a time right now that he could use some friends and I don’t know that he’s got ‘em.
“I can tell you - and I don’t know what Jon did, I’m speculating off of what I’ve done - if they catch something like that, they missed the good stuff,” Sonnen said.
“So yeah he’s got to deal with this, there’s no contaminated something or anything, (Turinabol) is pretty hard to get and it’s pretty expensive if you do get it. The problem with this one is it’s an illegal drug.
"People always get confused on a banned substance vs. an illegal (substance); an illegal means if you’re caught with it they will put you in handcuffs.”
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