LAS VEGAS – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he was pleased with the comprehensive review that is part of his on-screen life.
That does not change his reaction every time picograms appear in Jones' system (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), as they did before the fight for Saturday's UFC 235 title with Anthony Smith (31-13 MMA, 7-3 CFU) taking place Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
"Every time, it's like," Oh, damn, "Jones told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at the UFC 235 open workouts." But I'm comfortable with the idea that this will be part of my career, and I do not know how long it will last. "
On Thursday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the results of six drug tests conducted as part of a program specifically designed for Jones, after the steroidal metabolite M3 had provoked a series of positive and negative tests.
The NSAC refused to grant a license to Jones for a fight against T-Mobile last December at UFC 232, but allowed him to face Smith provided he was rigorously tested when preparing the payment at the Saturday session and for the rest of the month. year.
As the latest findings from the CASS show, Jones still has not recovered the M3 metabolite. He returned undesirable results in two of the five tests available with 40 picograms / ml or less in his system.
But Jones remains optimistic about the very unusual circumstances of his career.
"What makes me sleep well at night is knowing that I have gone through all the drug tests," he said. "I get tested by three of the most powerful agencies in the world. I have never avoided a test, and I feel that the more accessible I am, the more data they will have in this situation, and the more everyone will understand. "
The 205-pound champion of the UFC often found that he lacked understanding, which cast a skeptical eye on his recent essays. The fact that he can continue to fight despite a steroid metabolite in his system is enough to write him off and commissions that allow him to compete.
Jones understands that he is not alone in this test, he is reassured by the fact that others continue to be positive for the metabolite M3 oral turinabol. He quoted an anonymous Major League Baseball player and a UFC fighter, presumably Grant Dawson, whose anti-doping record was dropped without further action after finding his positive profile before joining the promotion.
At the same time, Jones brings the essence of the exam. And he gets a reminder of that every time a story brings back his roller coaster of positives and negatives.
"I am almost a leader in all this development and I am comfortable in this space," he said. "I would like fans to not just look at the headlines, click on the links and learn what's really going on, but I'm free of embarrassment. I have not been ashamed, I have said time and time again that I have never knowingly done anything to improve sports, take drugs, or anything else. just here to go back to what's important. "
And that, he said, remains champion after Saturday night. He reformulated his title defense as an attack on a new belt. He promised to take the huge outsider Smith seriously and do his job.
With two penalties for anti-doping rule violations, the chances for Jones to avoid negative spotlights are slim. But he is determined to prove that he is a clean fighter, whatever the critics say.
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