01-08-15. By JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com
Last night I was watching Fox’s Sports 1 and Dana White was on the tube talking about the Jon Jones situation and how glad that this was a mistake and that they caught it before it got worse. I know what you must be thinking; “mistake” how is this a “mistake”? I’ll get into that in a few mins.
White stated this in his interview “I was shocked, obviously, and this is one of those situations where it’s so different than if a guy gets busted for performance-enhancing drugs,” White said. “You worry about the person first, you know? You forget about the fighting and the work side of it. You worry about the person, Jon Jones as a person. He got checked into rehab, they’re going to evaluate him and then we’ll go from there.” I am glad to hear that they look at the person not the fighter when it comes to a drug addiction or any type of addiction because the person is first to me for sure and when White said that it made me respect him a lot.
White also said this, “What happened was, so they do these tests leading up to a fight, these random drug tests, and he tested positive,” White explained. “No, (there was no talk of postponing the fight) because No. 1, he was healthy. No. 2, the reason you would stop a fight and the hammer would drop on a guy would be if he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.” Cocaine isn’t a performance-enhancing drug at all hence the fight was still on.
Now onto the so called “mistake”. They caught the presence of cocaine as a result of a higher level of testosterone than normal in Jones’ urine sample and looked further into it. That’s when they found the cocaine metabolite.
There was actually a mistake somewhere along the line for the athletic commission or the testing facility because substances of abuse are not considered banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency when it comes to out-of-competition testing and the Nevada Athletic Commission adheres to the WADA code. So Jones wasn’t even supposed to be tested for cocaine in the first place during his Dec. 4 random screening.
White, however, saw the accident as a positive, at least for Jones and his personal struggles.
“They made a mistake. The guys who come and do the random drug testing made a mistake,” said White. “Everything happens for a reason. It’s a great thing that this happened. It’s a great thing that this guy made a mistake.
“Who would’ve known? We would never know. (Now) we get him the help that he needs.
“We’re worried about Jon Jones, the human being, the person. We’re not worried about the image of the sport or any of that right now. The guy is a human being and he needs help. I applaud him and we support him.”
White had this to say about Jones’ challenger, “Daniel Cormier was not (informed of the failed test) because he didn’t need to be. If he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, everything would have got shut down. The other thing people have to understand about this situation is Jon Jones was contracted to fight. We have a contract with him. Everybody thinks that we can just say, ‘Hey, the fight’s off. The fight’s not happening.’ Damn right he had the right to fight.” On the day of the fight with Jones Cormier knew about what was going on and he had the right to fight or just take the title. He chose to fight that night. Again, I give him a lot of respect for stepping up as a true champion and challenger.
Everyone in the MMA world is still in shock and glad to hear they caught this before it got any worse for Jones. But everyone is talking like they know what it’s like to be Jones. Do I think he should be stripped of the title and fined? Yes, I do because he used drugs but at the same time I think that decision is up to the UFC. It’s not up to me or the fans to make that choice.
White said it best “If you look at how shocked everybody was by this, nothing you saw in Jon Jones leading up to that fight would make you think that he used drugs,” White said. “In a situation like this the last thing you worry about is his image right now. You worry about getting the guy healthy, he’ll come back, and whether you like him or you don’t like him, he’s the baddest dude in the world. He’s the pound-for-pound best guy in the world. What’s even crazier is you do these tests to look for performance-enhancing drugs, the stuff he was doing, it hurts you. It doesn’t help you in any way, it actually hurts you. So imagine how good this guy’s going to be when he gets straight.”
White went on to say, “Everything happens for a reason. It’s a great thing this happened. It’s a great thing this guy made a mistake. Who would have known? We would never know. We’ll get him the help that he needs.”
Again, I find myself agreeing with White that this is the best thing for Jones and that Jones will come back stronger and better. But I am asking you fans this question. What do you think the UFC should do about Jones ?
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