After just more than a year since he rendered a positive drug test after UFC 214 in July 2017, Jon Jones is once again involved in a PED-related controversy. The trace amounts of Turinabol that were found in his system caused the UFC 232 fight card to change venues from Nevada to California in less than a weeks’ notice.
Jones’ name nowadays is almost synonymous to failed drug tests and a ruined potential to be deemed as an all-time great. UFC president Dana White himself is candid enough to point it out, but in this particular case, he is on the side of “Bones.”
“Any time something pops up with Jon Jones, I’m like, ‘Jesus,’” White said during an interview with the Southern California News Group on Monday (via the OC Register). “There’s literally nobody in the history of this sport that’s screwed up more than Jon Jones. That’s a fact.”
“Jon Jones didn’t do anything wrong. This time. So what’s fair is fair. This fight should happen and it’s gonna happen so it is what it is.”
Both White and UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Nowitzky also recognize that their decision to move the fight to accommodate Jones instead of finding a replacement had caused dissatisfaction among other fighters. Nonetheless, they both agree that it is the right thing to do, despite the opposing sentiments.
“I have 550 fighters under contract. I have 350 employees. I have hundreds and hundreds of contractors that work for me. You can’t keep everybody happy. It’s impossible. Not everybody is gonna be happy.”
From the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, UFC 232 will now take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday, December 29th.