USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission appear to be leaving no stone unturned when it comes to Jon Jones’ participation in this weekend’s UFC 235 main event against Anthony Smith in Las Vegas.
Jones was issued with a one-fight license to compete in the state following the late relocation of his last fight, a December win against Alexander Gustafsson to claim the vacant light heavyweight title, was moved from Las Vegas to California at the eleventh hour due to irregularities cited by the NSAC regarding Jones’ drug test samples at the time.
Speaking with MMA Junkie, Jones revealed that he is being tested at least once per week in advance of his title defence against Smith. Sometimes even twice per week.
“Every week, maybe twice a week, someone is at my house taking blood and urine,” Jones said. “I’m OK with it. I’ve got nothing to hide. I’m excited to learn about what’s in my body. It’s not that easy to walk up to my house in the first place, so they do a good job of announcing themselves.”
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Take a good long hard look at this picture ladies and gentlemen. I believe with my whole heart you are looking at the most well put together coaching staff ever assembled in MMA history. While the rest of the world is counting Anthony Smith out, we’re up at 11:30 at night studying footage and rehearsing our tactics. “You can’t count the home runs of yesterday.” Meaning we have to go out and prove we’re the best team every time we step out there. I keep hearing my opponent mention not fighting the person but fighting the persons body. Just an FYI.,We don’t count on our past achievements to carry us through our next fights. We definitely don’t depend on opponents being afraid of us. That’s just silliness. What we do count on is what we can control, which is our hard work and preparation. We do believe that there is no coincidence to past achievements. There is no luck over here. This team has been built off of prayers and hard work for almost 10 years now. We’re finishing this fight Saturday night. Not because I’m Jon Bones Jones but because we’ve earned it! Will you be a witness? #UFC235 March 2 #Champion2019 #AndStill
The eyes of the mixed martial arts world are currently fixed on Jones, one of the sport’s most controversial figures, in what will be just his second fight back since a prolonged suspension for a positive drugs test.
Jones is a huge betting favourite in this weekend’s main event of a card which will also see Tyron Woodley defend his welterweight title against Kamaru Usman and Robbie Lawler face the debuting Ben Askren.