The former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has reportedly passed a polygraph test as he attempts to prove that he did not knowingly take PEDs prior to his UFC 214 knockout victory over Daniel Cormier.
Another day, another twist in the Jon Jones saga it seems.
Trust is a hard thing to win back in the sport of mixed martial arts. For the formerly-dominant 205lb champ Jon Jones, there was a time where he really had everything going for him.
Over the course of a reign that lasted nearly four years, Jones managed to defeat some of the most accomplished fighters to have ever done it in a fashion that had many people citing him as perhaps the greatest talent the sport had ever seen.
His mauling of Shogun Rua back in 2011 that won him the title ushered in a period many had simply described as the ‘Jon Jones era’.
While the fact that he was the youngest champion in the history of the sport can never be fully taken away from him, recent developments in his turbulent tale have certainly brought his entire legacy into doubt.
Jones’ problems outside the octagon have been well-documented at this stage but following the news that he had tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol just prior to his stunning UFC 214 knockout win over his great rival Daniel Cormier, irreparable damage has been done to his status as one of the world’s premier mixed martial artists.
With his hearing scheduled for next month, MMAFighting reported that ‘Bones’ had passed a polygraph test, one that he voluntarily took in order to prove that he did not knowingly take the substance that caused him to fail his USADA test.
Now, such a test has virtually no bearing on the outcome of his upcoming hearing but still, if this report is to be believed, it does at least give the always-divisive figure something to stand on as the fate of his entire fighting future hangs in the balance.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena