(Photo : Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) INGLEWOOD, CA – Jon Jones appears to be like on throughout a Light Heavyweight title bout towards Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden through the UFC 232 occasion inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has introduced that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) determined to sever their ties efficient January 1, 2024.
The partnership was carried out virtually a decade in the past, leading to many suspensions of fighters accused of taking banned substances.
One of these was Jon Jones, and with the partnership ending, the legendary combined martial arts fighter can solely have a good time.
“Man I survived USADA. First they said I was guilty of having picograms, then they considered me innocent, next picograms became legal,” he wrote on X.
“Guess what I’m still here, still unbeaten. That BS no contest over DC needs to be taken off my record. I’ve never cheated this sport and I will stand by that until the Day I die. .”
Man I survived USADA. First they mentioned I used to be responsible of getting picograms, then they thought of me harmless, subsequent picograms grew to become authorized. Guess what I’m nonetheless right here, nonetheless unbeaten. That BS no contest over DC must be taken off my report. I’ve by no means cheated this sport and I’ll…
— BONY (@JonnyBones) October 12, 2023
Jones failed USADA’s coverage on drug consumption a number of instances, the newest one at UFC 232. Inconsistencies have been monitored in his drug exams, forcing him to signal with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association testing program whereas concurrently making an attempt to satisfy USADA necessities.
In March this 12 months, Jones introduced that USADA confirmed that his earlier failed drug exams have been not legitimate, however laments that his victories wouldn’t have been as controversial if solely the group had made the identical ruling again then.
USADA-UFC rift rising larger
The finish of the partnership stems from how USADA mishandled the case of Conor McGregor, who, in line with UFC, “conducted himself with integrity and honesty” however was nonetheless hounded with doping allegations.
The Irish fighter is again within the testing pool, which may have an effect on his deliberate UFC comeback in December.
UFC chief enterprise officer Hunter Campbell and govt Jeff Novitzky introduced that they may begin working with Drug-Free Sport initially of 2024, however their firm won’t let go of USADA that simply.
They need USADA to retract its assertion and apologize to McGregor. They additionally search authorized motion towards the anti-doping company.
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