Jon Jones Thinks Failed Drug Test In 2017 Has Been Debunked: ‘I Feel Officially Cleared’

Jon Jones thinks his legacy shouldn't be tarnished by a failed drug test that is now considered legal.

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Jon Jones (Left and Right)(Images via Instagram @BonnyJones)

Jon Jones believes his no-contest against Daniel Cormier should no longer discredit his legacy. 

In 2017, Jones defeated Cormier for a second time with a third-round TKO. The result was ultimately changed to a no-contest after ‘Bones’ tested positive for PEDs, forever staining his legacy. Over five years later, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has re-pledged his innocence. 

Beau Hightower, a Chiropractic Physician and Certified Exercise Physiologist, recently defended Jones on Twitter by saying:  

“Jon Jones should get reparations for his  USADA suspensions given “the science changed” and now tests under 100 picograms per ML are not positive anymore. None of his positive tests would be a positive under the current rules. His no contest against DC should be restored to a win”

Since the no-contest ruling in 2017, USADA has changed its policies, making the former light heavyweight champion’s failed drug test for Turinabol now legal because of the low dosage. Hightower better explained the situation by re-tweeting this 2020 message from the UFC Senior VP of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzky: 

“There is something screwy with this substance.  We have athletes with small amounts of the DHCMT M3 metabolite in their systems for 2 and 3 years.  It’s also “pulses”…comes and goes.  We don’t sanction any longer under our program if <100 picograms.  Too many uncertainties.”

Jon Jones says he’s ‘officially cleared’ from any wrongdoing regarding PEDs

Jon Jones doesn’t have many in-competition controversies outside of the Daniel Cormier no-contest, and his only loss being a disqualification against Matt Hamil for illegal downward elbows. Jones failed another drug test for PEDs in 2016, but he technically never fought with the substance in his system. 

After Beau Hightower defended Jones for his 2017 scandal, the former UFC light heavyweight champion had this to say on Twitter: 

“I feel officially cleared. There will be no asterick next to any of my performances. It’s good the rest of the world can see what I’ve known this whole time. My only advantage over my competition has been pure Hard work.”

Jones hasn’t fought since February 2020, when he defeated Dominick Reyes with a controversial unanimous decision. Three years later, ‘Bones’ is making his Octagon return by debuting in the heavyweight division at UFC 285 on March 4. He will be taking on former interim champion Ciryl Gane with the vacant heavyweight title up for grabs.

Published on February 22, 2023 at 1:48 am
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