Michael Bisping has given his take on the clean test turned in by Jon Jones in the wake of the major controversy that surrounded the buildup to UFC 232.
In the end, the event went ahead in its new home in Inglewood, California and was a memorable night for several reasons but all in all, the decision to uproot the show on just a few days notice was a decision many considered to be disgraceful.
The seemingly never-ending stream of controversies that have surrounded Jones saw many people leave UFC 232 with a sour taste in their mouth and while his return to the octagon was undoubtedly superb – the issues that shadowed fight-week remained pushed to the forefront.
Speaking on a recent edition of his Believe You Me podcast, the former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping addressed the belief that he had disrespected the newly-crowned champion with the questions he directed at him post-fight.
“So Jon Jones passed his post-fight drug test, which was the question that I asked him which pissed him off. Which led to him being kind of annoyed with me on the post-fight show.
“I don’t want to turn this into Michael Bisping sh*tting on Jon Jones because he’s a legendary fighter. He was the youngest ever champion in the UFC. But to me – and I don’t know the science, I’m speaking purely from the standpoint that this is a fair question to ask.”
From there, Bisping delved into the controversy that preceded UFC 232 – one that saw Jones test positive for a trace amount of the substance turinabol – the substance that had rendered his third-round TKO victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 a ‘no-contest’, questioning how it was possible that ‘Bones’ had then turned in a clean test in the aftermath of last month’s fight-card.
“The narrative as to why he failed the drug test and failed multiple drug tests in August, September, and December, is that these metabolites from the turinabol were in his system from years ago and they could still be there for years. Then all of a sudden he tests positive and then it’s brought to the forefront – Devil’s advocate, you would have to be f*cking stupid to continue microdosing.
“Then all of a sudden, voila, the next time he gets tested it is out of his system. I don’t know. I’m not saying that is the reality. I’m just saying that is the first thing that I thought and I’d be lying if I didn’t say so.”
“That was the narrative going into this fight: ‘Listen, this is remnants, it was leftover from whenever it was.’ But the point of the matter is that Jeff Novitzky was saying this could be in his system for a long, long time. Then, lo and behold, he tests clean.”
For all of those who detest the very sight of the talented light-heavyweight champion, there are just as many who are simply happy to see him fighting again.
When active, Jones is considered by many to be the finest example of a mixed martial artist we have ever seen in this sport – something he proved with his dominant win over the hugely-talented Swede Alexander Gustafsson on December 29.
Bisping, though sceptical, remains full of praise for Jon while making it clear that he hopes that is no shady business going on as far as his recent issues with drug-testing are concerned.
“I’m glad he tested clean, I really am. I hope he continues to do so. He’s a great talent, he’s a great fighter, and I’m glad Jon Jones is back. I’m glad anytime fighters come back. (via MMAFighting)
“I hope he stays clean. I don’t hope he passes his tests and gets away with it. I hope he stays clean. They’re two very different things. I don’t hope he gets away with it. I hope he’s competing on a level playing field and we get to see the best Jon Jones that we can.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena