It came as a massive blow to UFC 200 when Jon Jones was pulled from his main event slot with Daniel Cormier after failing a random, out-of-competition drug test conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
‘Bones’, who was scheduled for a light heavyweight title unification bout with ‘DC’, tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor.
The former pound-for-pound No. 1 released an emotional statement to the media, stating that he would never knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
It’s now looking like Jones, who was expected to face a two-year suspension, could receive a significantly reduced ban or might even get off with just a warning.
Jimi Manuwa, though, who is currently ranked as the No. 8 light heavyweight in the world, thinks the entire situation is ‘dodgy’.
The London-based fighter went as far as to say that the UFC desperately want their ‘cash cow’ back.
“I’m not sure about this Jon Jones business,” Manuwa told Jim Edwards of Flo Combat. “I think it’s dodgy, all this stuff Jon Jones did–I think it’s all dodgy mate. I think that the UFC want their bloody cash cow back. I’m not going to say too much on that but I think it’s dodgy.
“I don’t know what I’d do with him. If you want a clean sport you can’t have cheaters coming back. If you are cheating then you are cheating. That’s what I personally think.”
UFC president Dana White has already stated that they are looking to book Jones against Anthony Johnson, but ‘Rumble’ isn’t happy about it.
Brock Lesnar, who did compete at UFC 200 and also tested positive for clomiphene, is also looking at a reduced suspension.
Manuwa is expected collide with No. 5 ranked Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 204. The pay-per-view, which will host a middleweight championship bout between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, takes place Oct. 8 in Manchester, England.