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Jon Jones: I Never Left USADA Drug Testing Program

After 9 tests in 2017, Jones has only been tested once in 2018. But according to the former champ, there’s nothing suspicious going on.

Jon Jones’ MMA career remains in a holding pattern as he continues to work on a resolution to a failed USADA drug test in 2017 following his fight with Daniel Cormier. That battle ended with Cormier brutally knocked out, but the result is now listed as a No Contest. But the bigger battle is in trying the ensure any suspension levied by USADA is closer to two years than five.

Jones has stayed pretty mum on that topic, letting his manager field interviews on that topic. That’s probably for the best given the last time he opened his mouth and spoke on the subject. But he recently took to Twitter to clarify another point regarding USADA: whether he was still in the testing pool.

Jon’s continued participation in the USADA drug testing program had been put into doubt last week when fans queried the USADA testing database and noticed Jones hadn’t been tested at all in 2018. Soon after, a single test appeared in Q3 of 2018 for Jones, but people still wondered if he had pulled a Lesnar and removed himself from the pool.

USADA rules specify that anyone removing themselves from the program has to spend six months being tested before returning to the cage. Brock Lesnar was infamously given a waiver to avoid this period the last time he returned for UFC 200, only to test positive for clomiphene (this ended the exception system all together). He then pulled out of the testing regime all together with six months remaining on his drug suspension, freezing it. Now that he’s returned to the pool in anticipation of a fight with Daniel Cormier in 2019, he’s serving both six month periods concurrently.

Smart, but also a bit sketchy. So it’s nice to hear that Jon Jones hasn’t done something similar. Whether it’ll help him convince USADA (or an arbitrator) that he deserves a shorter sentence is unclear.

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One-Punch Man? Watch Jones Flaunt New KO Power (Video)

Dread it, run from it, destiny still arrives.

Remember last week when longtime striking coach Brandon Gibson was telling the MMA media how Jon Jones was developing one-punch knockout power and we all LOL’d and were like, “Okay Mr. Grape Buster.”

Well, looks like Gibson may have been right.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion appears to be gearing up (no pun intended) for his Octagon return and during his time away from cage fighting, “Bones” has been working on his knockout power.

Just listen to those pads:

Yikes.

Jones is currently suspended for flunking his UFC 214 drug test back in July 2017. His license to compete was also pulled in California and “Bones” would need to rectify that before getting cleared by any other stateside commission.

That said, the Jones camp expects a 2018 return and there is currently an open slot in the UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) main event for the promotion’s November return at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Which is when this light heavyweight should be ready to compete.

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Jon Jones Posts Lengthy Reflection on 1-Year Anniversary of UFC 214 Bout vs. Daniel Cormier

One year ago, it looked like Jon Jones was back.
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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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Cormier: Jones’ Legacy Is As Tainted As Lance Armstrong’s

Jon Jones is still sitting idle on the UFC sidelines as his team works to avoid a four year suspension from USADA over (another) failed drug test, this one on the eve of his second fight with Daniel Cormier. Jones ended up knocking Cormier out in brutal fashion, but the record books will forever list their rematch as a No Contest.

That doesn’t change how things really went down in the minds of many fans, or in the mind of Jones. Jon made that abundantly clear when the UFC’s Twitter account asked if Cormier could be considered the GOAT if he beats heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.

”If he’s in the conversation, does that make me the motherf**king man?” Jones tweeted.

CBS Sports reached out to Cormier regarding the tweets, and for half a second the 205 pound champ seemed like he wasn’t going to engage.

”He doesn’t have a platform and I refuse to give him a platform,” Cormier replied before immediately giving him a platform. “He’s a nobody. He has been suspended again. He’s mired in controversy for drug abuse. Your issues are tied to steroids, performance enhancers. You don’t get a platform when you’re like that. It’s like me glorifying Lance Armstrong.”

And as far as Cormier is concerned, Jon’s accomplishments should be severely downgraded, just like Armstrong’s were once the truth of his PED usage came out.

“[Jones] won the fight but, hey, since USADA has gotten involved with the UFC, he only fought one time,” Cormier said. “He has had four fights scheduled. So he fought Ovince [Saint Preux] and he fought me but that second one was a no contest. The Ovince fight was the only time he fought and there was no controversy surrounding it. So I’m pretty sure there was some dirty stuff going on, that’s why the test results were all jacked up in December.”

Cormier is referencing a drug test result in the month leading up to their first fight at the end of 2014. Not only did Jones test positive for cocaine metabolites (which surprisingly enough are not banned outside of fight week), but his testosterone to epitestosterone levels were suspiciously low. Combine that with his future drug failures and it’s no wonder “DC” has written off Jones’ entire UFC career as illegitimate. Being able to sweep aside those two crushing losses is just an extra bonus.

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Cormier: Jones’ Legacy Is As Tainted As Lance Armstrong’s

Jon Jones is still sitting idle on the UFC sidelines as his team works to avoid a four year suspension from USADA over (another) failed drug test, this one on the eve of his second fight with Daniel Cormier. Jones ended up knocking Cormier out in brutal fashion, but the record books will forever list their rematch as a No Contest.

That doesn’t change how things really went down in the minds of many fans, or in the mind of Jones. Jon made that abundantly clear when the UFC’s Twitter account asked if Cormier could be considered the GOAT if he beats heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.

”If he’s in the conversation, does that make me the motherf**king man?” Jones tweeted.

CBS Sports reached out to Cormier regarding the tweets, and for half a second the 205 pound champ seemed like he wasn’t going to engage.

”He doesn’t have a platform and I refuse to give him a platform,” Cormier replied before immediately giving him a platform. “He’s a nobody. He has been suspended again. He’s mired in controversy for drug abuse. Your issues are tied to steroids, performance enhancers. You don’t get a platform when you’re like that. It’s like me glorifying Lance Armstrong.”

And as far as Cormier is concerned, Jon’s accomplishments should be severely downgraded, just like Armstrong’s were once the truth of his PED usage came out.

“[Jones] won the fight but, hey, since USADA has gotten involved with the UFC, he only fought one time,” Cormier said. “He has had four fights scheduled. So he fought Ovince [Saint Preux] and he fought me but that second one was a no contest. The Ovince fight was the only time he fought and there was no controversy surrounding it. So I’m pretty sure there was some dirty stuff going on, that’s why the test results were all jacked up in December.”

Cormier is referencing a drug test result in the month leading up to their first fight at the end of 2014. Not only did Jones test positive for cocaine metabolites (which surprisingly enough are not banned outside of fight week), but his testosterone to epitestosterone levels were suspiciously low. Combine that with his future drug failures and it’s no wonder “DC” has written off Jones’ entire UFC career as illegitimate. Being able to sweep aside those two crushing losses is just an extra bonus.

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