John Jones is undoubtedly one of the most talented and experienced fighters in UFC history. However, despite his unprecedented achievements, Jones's reputation was marred by many failed drug tests.
The former light heavyweight champion tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2016 and 2017, and he was awarded two separate dismissals from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
After leaving his last 15-month suspension for the presence in his system of trace amounts of Turinabol, Bones recently tested positive for the same prohibited substance and became the subject of ridicule on social networks.
USADA determined that the trace amounts of steroids found in John’s latest drug test are not sufficient to suspend, but the Nevada Sports Commission refused to authorize Jones ’revenge against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. At the last moment, the Ultimate Wrestling Championship moved the tournament from Las Vegas in Inglewood, California, when the California State Sports Commission (CSAC) agreed to allow the fight.
Despite support from USADA and CSAC, Jones believes that it is “almost impossible” to clear his name of any violations due to his already damaged reputation.
“I think my attempts to prove any type of innocence will be almost impossible before the fight due to the contradictory image that I have,” ESPN told Jones in a recent interview. “People seem to be tuned in to what they believe. I can not win many minds before the fight.
Former pound for pound number 1 does not even think that a lie detector test will be enough to declare his innocence.
“Even the scientists who found him know little about it,” said Jones. “I hear reports that this can live in my system for seven years. I learned to say, “Do you know what John is? You know deep down that you have done nothing wrong. ” If I had passed another lie detector test and answered the question: “Have you ever deliberately placed this in your system? "I could say with confidence:" No, I never deliberately put this in my system. “And that would be a true statement.
“I just have to surrender to people's opinion. I have to surrender to the ignorance that surrounds our sport. I have to agree with the fact that most people will never take a book and do homework for themselves. I have to surrender to all this and say: “Listen, John, you had a controversial career. You have fun picking people. You are interested in communicating with people. If you are part of something that is not positive, it will be great news. ”
"I have to be 100% sure, knowing that I have done nothing wrong."
If the metabolites can live in his system for up to seven years, as Jones suspects, a 31-year-old child can also be given a free pass, given that he can give a positive result for trace amounts of turibabol at any time.
Jones will play with Gustafsson in the main UFC 232 tournament. The long-awaited PPV will take place this Saturday, December 29, at the forum in Inglewood, California.