Ahead of their anticipated UFC Light Heavyweight title fight, it has emerged that champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira have been randomly drug tested before their bout at UFC 172.
The bout is to take place in Baltimore, Maryland and it has emerged that the UFC paid for the Maryland Athletic Commission to do the tests.
It was UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones who volunteered to take part in the drugs test ahead of his seventh title defence.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Jones said: "Maryland's commission sent a lab to drug test me and I'm glad they did. It was urine and blood, a test for HGH, I think, and a urine test that can detect all sorts of other stuff.
"It was something that me and my management team asked for several months ago because we thought it would be great to make sure everyone was playing fair in this fight. I'm not accusing my opponent of anything, but it would just be great to see and the UFC approved it.
"They never told me or Glover when the test would come, but mine came today, and I'm happy that it came. It's great to know that the athletes who are competing are clean. I've never taken any kind of performance-enhancing drug and I don't think any of my opponents should.
"I've probably fought people in the past who have, and I still found a way to come out and win. I want to see our sport be a clean sport, I want to see our athletes have pride in hard work and that's why I though I'd put my money where my mouth is.
"I have no right to accuse Glover Teixeira] of being on anything. But, I know when people get chances to fight for world titles, maybe they'll do anything to get an edge. And I think the only edge you should have is your work ethic."
It is an excellent move by Jones to be tested voluntarily. We have recently been through an era of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, where many have scratched their head of why it was allowed for so long. Now that TRT is banned, it makes people question if the natural step would be to anabolic steroids.
It's also very interesting that the UFC agreed to pay for the tests. Not long ago when then UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre asked for a VADA drugs test on him and his upcoming opponent Johnny Hendricks out of his own pocket.. Yet, UFC President Dana White said that this was "a little weird" he wanted to do so, especially doing it privately.
It is likely that the tests being done through the Athletic Commission that it was welcomed by the UFC. It's a great move from the UFC and I can definitely see it being doing in more title fights, especially now that TRT therapy.
Jon Jones is coming off his sixth title defence in September, when winning a razor thin split decision victory against Alexander Gustaffson.
His opponent Glover Teixeira has won easily in all of his five UFC wins, most recently beating Ryan Bader via T/KO.
Along with the pre-fight drugs test, they will also take another compulsory drugs test.
They will meet on April 26th at UFC 172 where Phil Davis will meet Anthony Johnson in the co-main event.
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