Daniel Cormier Slams USADA Over Jon Jones UFC Return

Former UFC light-heavyweight Jon Jones was reinstated by the UFC late last night. Image Source: MMA Junkie.

After another suspension for a failed drug test, Jon Jones’ UFC return was announced last night. Although there wasn’t a date or time announced, anyone with half a brain cell knows UFC 230 needs a main event

Lighting up the interwebs late last night, the UFC reinstated troubled ex-champion Jon Jones once again. USADA (the United States Anti Doping Agency) confirmed they would see Jones’ inactivity since his failed UFC 214 drug test as a time-served suspension.

The official number was a 15-month suspension. Having been through the mill before at UFC 214, and post-UFC 182 for cocaine and then the infamous hit-and-run in New Mexico, Jones’ comeback is being lamented by some fans.

Current double champion Daniel Cormier is not among those who are happy to hear about Jon Jones UFC return. In fairness, he has every right to be frustrated.

Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Stipe Miocic (red gloves) fights Daniel Cormier (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier Not Pleased About Jon Jones UFC Return

During an interview with his FOX co-hosts last night, Jones’ biggest rival Daniel Cormier vented his feelings:

“I’m the UFC double champion,” Cormier said. “I have bosses in the back and I’m talking about this guy because I have too. I’ve moved past that guy. I went about my business. I went and won another title. Now this guy’s suspension is up, so we’ll see what happens.”

“Here’s the deal: When it comes to USADA, they can’t come to my house anymore at 6 a.m,” Cormier said. “What’s the point? They’ve been to my house 15 times. USADA, don’t come to my house anymore. You don’t need too. You don’t need to come. I’m not going to fail a test, I’m not going to make any mistakes,”

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“I’m not going to have to sit up there and go, ‘I’m serious this time, guys. I promise I wasn’t really trying to cheat.’ It’s never going to happen with me. 70 times. 70 times since I started wrestling internationally and I’ve never made a mistake. It’s not that hard. So even to be sitting here and doing this again shows – guys are ridiculous.”

“I think people get excited, people get excited about the prospect of us fighting again, but I’ve got a fight with Brock Lesnar. Why would I look back? Why would I look back to Jones now when I’ve got a fight? Obviously as a competitor I want to fight the guy whose beat me twice, but I’ve got a fight. Why go back? I’ve got a bigger fight with Brock Lesnar, why should I go back?” Quotes via LowKickMMA.com

Dana White’s statement on Jon Jones UFC return, per Brett Okamoto on Twitter

“I’m Not Surprised”

You could be forgiven if you had lost track of the amount of times ‘Bones’ has been wrist-slapped by the powers that be. According to UFC president Dana White, science has prevailed in this case. Whatever next?

For a man who started as a hyped phenom of the light-heavyweight division, went on to dominate a list of MMA champions like nobody before, Jones’ journey continues to cause controversy and bad feelings.

Fingers crossed he doesn’t pop under another USADA test, but the fact they haven’t actually tested him in 2018 will make Jon Jones UFC return more likely than ever for UFC 230.


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