Despite a long layoff from professional fighting due to a failed drug test last year, former UFC champion Jon Jones claimed that he never left the testing pool of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Now eligible to compete again at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, ‘Bones’ is wasting no time to be in the perfect shape for his highly-anticipated showdown with Alexander Gustafsson and his physique is completely different now.
Jones and Gustafsson are set to rekindle their rivalry later this month when they square off in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s year-end show. ‘The Mauler’ and ‘Bones’ will fight for the vacant light heavyweight belt in the main event of the UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas.
Gustafsson will welcome Jones back into the cage following a 15-month suspension served by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after the former UFC champion tested positive for a banned substance, Turinabol. This also overturned his win against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 to a no-contest, which cost him the light heavyweight strap.
On December 12, the controversial fighter met with the officials of CSAC and things turned out well for the former light heavyweight kingpin as he was cleared from the commission’s suspension list and was granted a license to compete in the world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts competition.
But on Wednesday, the returning mixed martial artist decided to reject the CSAC’s recommendation to enrol with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency ahead of his rematch with Gustafsson, as per multiple reports.
Andy Foster, the executive officer of the CSAC, stressed that the recommendation was to help Jones clear his name but he said that joining the program is not mandatory. “It was always an optional thing anyway. This was to help Mr Jones out. Obviously, we don’t have any problems with USADA’s analytical findings at this time for mixed martial arts. This entire case was brought about due to an analytical finding from a USADA test.”
On Wednesday, Jones’ lawyer Howard Jacobs revealed that his 31-year old client opted not to enrol with VADA after his team found out the demands of the program. “It’s complicated. To say refused is the wrong word. There were issues with the proposal. We asked questions and were unable to fully resolve it,” Jacobs told MMA Fighting.
According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, ‘Bones’ has been tested 10 times this year and will still undergo another round of tests from USADA and the Nevada Athletic State Commission prior to his participation at UFC 232. Check out his new physique: