ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A lot of controversy has surrounded Jon “Bones” Jones after being pulled from the main event of UFC 200. A sample from a test done back in June showed that Jones had a potential banned substance in his system. A “B” sample was taken by the USADA and the test released on Friday confirmed that Jones did have a banned substance in his system.
This comes days after this weekend’s fight between Jones and Daniel Cormier was cancelled. During a press conference Thursday Jones denied knowingly using any performance-enhancing drugs.
This came as a shock to Jon who spoke to the Media in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday stating, “I don’t even know how to pronounce it. I’ve been taking the same supplements the majority of my career. I’ve been so outspoken about being against any type of performance enhancers. To this day, I’m extremely against performance enhancers.”
KRQE Sports talked with Tim Means, another local fighter who has gone through a very similar circumstance as Jon Jones.
“I can completely relate to the Jon Jones issue, it might have not been for a belt, but it was still a main event spot. He was a week out, I was a couple of weeks out, so the same emotions,” Means said.
Means was set to fight Donald Cerrone in a main event on a UFC Card 8 months ago. Means was hit with the same allegations as Jon, and endured a very long and strenuous process.
“My words of wisdom to Jones is to just be patient, because they are going to drag it out, they are going to look at every angle into your product being tainted,” said Means.
In Tim’s case he did prove that he did in fact take a banned substance unknowingly, but it still took 6 months for Means to settle with the USADA.
A process that Means says could have even gone on longer, because of how thorough USADA’s investigations can be. Jones was hit with a 2-year suspension, as that is the standard for a first time offense. If Jones wants to get back into the cage, he is going to have to build a good case.
“Its 2 years unless you can prove where the product came from and you can prove that you didn’t knowingly take it, that’s the only negotiating room you have, is you have to find it,” said Means.
Jones still has a chance to appeal the process with the USADA, and since the agency has joined forces with the UFC Jones has given six samples, with this one being the first that had traces of PED’s.
This isn’t the first time Jones has been in trouble. He was suspended by the UFC for months following a hit and run accident in Albuquerque.