Michael Bisping Believes Jon Jones is ‘Vindicated’ After USADA Updates: ‘The Picogram Stuff Would Not Have Happened’

Michael Bisping shares his thoughts on Jon Jones' previous doping violations after USADA updates their testing protocols

Jon Jones
Courtesy of @MMAFighting on Twitter

Jon Jones feels that he has been cleared of all wrongdoing after being flagged for two separate doping violations between July 2016 and August 2017. 

Fans have often debated whether or not Jon Jones deserves a spot among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world after the former light heavyweight champion had been flagged on more than one occasion for doping violations during his heated rivalry with Daniel Cormier. With Jones set to make his highly anticipated return to the Octagon on March 4 and recent changes to USADA’s testing protocols, the debate is once again raging on with fans now coming to Jones’ defense.

Michael Bisping, who recently revealed ‘Bones’ as his pick for the No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, addressed Jones’ comments on Twitter and the changes to USADA that would make his past violations irrelevant today. 

“Sadly for Jon, he’s been involved in steroid and drug misuse a number of times,” Bisping said in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “Now, the reason for this video here is that USADA, they have said from now on that anything under 100 picograms is not considered a failed test. Remember all this talk of picograms back in the day when he tested positive? I think it was 2017, there was all this talk of picograms.

“A picogram is one trillionth of a gram and Jon was found to have less than 25 picograms in his system. As I say, USADA has now raised the bar. Anything less than 100, you’re good to go. Jones had 25 so that wouldn’t have popped today.” 

Jon Jones Wants His No-Contest with Daniel Cormier Overturned Once Again

This revelation has encouraged Jon Jones to seek “reparations” from USADA after his UFC 214 bout with Daniel Cormier was overturned from a win to a no-contest following what then constituted a doping violation. 

The California State Athletic Commission is yet to comment on Jones’ request, but it is unlikely that the CSAC would once again overturn the result nearly six years removed from what was, at the time, a doping violation. 

“You can’t blame Jon for feeling vindicated because had the barriers, had the thresholds been what they are today, then he wouldn’t have tested positive and a lot of this stuff wouldn’t have happened and perhaps his legacy wouldn’t have been as tainted,” Bisping said. “Of course, it doesn’t clear everything. It doesn’t clear all the wrongdoing, but it’s true. The picogram stuff would not have happened.”

Published on February 23, 2023 at 12:45 pm
Stay up-to-date with the latest MMA news, rumors, and updates by following the RED Monster on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Also, don't forget to add MiddleEasy to your Google News feed Follow us on Google News for even more coverage.


1 thought on “Michael Bisping Believes Jon Jones is ‘Vindicated’ After USADA Updates: ‘The Picogram Stuff Would Not Have Happened’”

Leave a Comment