Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones is nearing the end of his year long suspension. Nearing eligibility in the promotion once more, the former champion is looking to make one thing clear. He believes he never cheated.
Jones failed an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200. However, “Bones” did not test positive for performance enhancing drugs. The former champion claims that the substances were from “sex pills.”
In a recent press event held just ahead of last weekend’s UFC 210, Jon Jones cleared the air on the situation. He believes the violation was not an act of cheating. As transcribed by Yahoo Sports, Jones said:
“I have never cheated in this sport. Every once of my success has been hard work, dedication, focus, and a lot of God’s grace. I’ve never cheated in this sport. Had I cheated there would have been a much more strict punishment. I got the minimum because I was proven innocent.
“What USADA told me was that I am guilty of not going through the proper steps to prevent the whole situation from happening. That was the only thing that I was guilty of.
“I had that estrogen blocker in my system. There was never any steroids ever found in my system. My testosterone levels have never fluctuated. If someone wants to call me a steroid user, that is 1,000-percent false. Steroids have never been found in my system. I was guilty of having an estrogen blocker in my system and we found the exact pill that the estrogen blockers came from. USADA themselves tested the pills, and they found that it was a tainted supplement. These are 1,000-percent facts.”