Joe Rogan Blames NSAC Stupidity For Moving UFC 232 Fight Card From Nevada To California On A Short Notice
UFC analyst Joe Rogan is glad UFC didn’t delay the main event of UFC 232, despite Jon Jones suspicious drug test. Yet, he is not impressed because UFC had to move the whole fight card from Nevada to California on very short notice. The famous commentator blames “NSAC stupidity” for the whole fiasco. (h/t MMAJunkie.com)
“What the (expletive) are you doing? You’re going to let him fight in California? Let him (expletive) fight in Nevada,” Rogan said on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “It’s stupid. It’s stupidity. In this case, it’s stupid. I’m upset. I just wanted this fight to take place without any bull (expletive) behind it. I just want it to be a great fight. It’s an amazing matchup.”
Jon Jones (22-1, 1 NC MMA, 16-1, 1 NC UFC) is set to rematch Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) at the main event of UFC 232 on Saturday night. Instead of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the two will face at The Forum in Inglewood, California!
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson have already fought at UFC 165 when the Swede surprised Jones with amazing performance. Jones won that match via unanimous decision. Yet, many believed Gustafsson should have been claimed the winner of their first fight.
Let’s remember, Jones suspicious sample contained a trace amount of Turinabol, or Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone. Yet, this finding doesn’t have to mean Jones drug test was positive.
Jon Jones was already punished for Turinabol once, following his UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier, which was later overturned to no contest. “Bones” received a reduced 15-month sentence because of “substantial assistance rule”. The judge Richard McLaren believed he didn’t break the rules intentionally.
But NSAC didn’t grant Jon Jones a license to fight, claiming there was not enough time to investigate the results. UFC had no choice but to relocate the whole event! Joe Rogan can’t understand why Jones wasn’t allowed to rematch Gustafsson in Nevada.
“I don’t understand why they couldn’t just do this in Nevada,” Rogan said (his Jones discussion can be found at the 1:57 mark of the video below). “I guess they’re on vacation or some (expletive). That’s crazy. Figure it out. Let’s make a phone call. Isn’t there one person? One person should say, ‘OK, is it, to the best of your knowledge, absolutely from the original test?’ ‘Yes sir, by all the science, we’ll submit the science, show you the science, tell you the number.’ ‘OK, let him fight.’”
Andy Foster, CSAC executive director, gave the former UFC Light Heavyweight champ a license to fight because USADA didn’t believe Jones’ result was a violation, but a “residual pulsing effect” from his previous positive test.
But CSAC also asked some extra tests to grant Jones license, so “Bones” enrolled on Monday in additional VADA testing program. He is officially the first fighter who takes part in both VADA and USADA testing at the same time.
Joe Rogan agrees with Andy Foster. According to Rogan, if there are scientific proofs this is the same substance Bones was already punished for, there should be no obstacles for his UFC return.
“Andy Foster – I have a great deal of respect for that guy,” Rogan said. “Very proactive with weight-cutting, very proactive with weight classes, very proactive with a lot of the rules. He’s really good. If he believes this is scientifically proven to be the same exact thing that he’s already been punished for, I agree with him. That guy knows what the (expletive) he’s talking about. Same with (Jeff) Novitzky, same with all the other people saying it’s legit.”
But Joe Rogan made a controversy too.
“Here’s the question: Have other people still been punished for the exact same crime?” he asked. “Have other people tested positive for the exact same thing? This is what I do not know. Is this preferential treatment? That’s what the argument would be: Is it preferential treatment? Because tainted supplements are a legitimate problem.”
Do you support Joe Rogan? Do you think NSAC was unfair towards Jon Jones?