Apart from looking agitated during earlier media obligations, Jon Jones has also now voiced his frustration at Daniel Cormier during a recent UFC 214 conference call. According to the former champion, he doesn’t like how DC has been trying to drag his name through the mud to make himself look like the “good guy.”
“This whole thing has become an attack on Jon Jones’ character,” Jones said. “I think that he deserves respect because he is a good guy. But you don’t have to s—t on other people to try to make yourself seem that much better, Daniel.
“We see that you’re a good person. We see that you’re a great husband, father, wrestling coach, team captain. I admire a lot of things about you. You’re a f—king great dude, but you don’t got to f—king try to convince the world that I did steroids, bro,” he said. “Just f—king look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘goddamnit, he’s younger than me, he’s athletic, he beat my ass, and he’s going to do it again.’ Don’t f—king try to crush somebody else’s image to make yourself seem more mighty. You’re already a f—king good dude.”
Jones admitted that the constant talk about possible steroid use stemming from his failed USADA test has been getting to him.
“This is the first time I’ve competed against someone who is literally just fighting to prove that I’m a bad guy. F—k it, call me the bad guy. I’m not fighting to be the good guy. I’ve never had anyone just attack — I mean, look at those interviews, it’s always the same s—t. Now he’s trying to freaking convince the world that I did steroids.
“That actually gets to me a little bit, because I think deep down this motherf—ker knows that I wouldn’t do steroids. Come on now, come on now. Being the youngest champion — you mean to tell me I’m smart enough to outsmart f—king USADA and f—king the Nevada Athletic Commission for 10 years, but I failed a cocaine test? I’m a mastermind steroid user that beat all these guys, for 10 years? He knows in his heart that I didn’t do steroids.”
For what it’s worth, USADA testing in the UFC has only been around for about 2 years. Prior to that, random drug testing was basically almost non-existent, with the athletic commission’s screening not even comparable to today’s standards.
Jones failed two out of competition drug tests, one for cocaine — that shouldn’t even have been tested, and another for clomiphene and letrozole metabolites that got him suspended for a year.
It is worth noting that the arbitration team suspended Jones for being “reckless” with the substances he puts in his body, but they made it clear that they did not find evidence that he deliberately looking to cheat.
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