UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may have rendered a positive post-fight drug test after UFC 232, but he will not be sanctioned, per the California State Athletic Commission. This had left a bad taste in people’s mouths, one of them being UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown.
“Like I tweeted out, it was very disgusting to me the way that went down,” Brown told reporters backstage at Bellator 214 over the weekend. “Apparently, he tested positive again, right? So we have another positive test.”
Jones’ most recent drug test woes had put the UFC and the CSAC in a bad light, especially after UFC 232 was arranged to be moved from Las Vegas to California during fight week late last month. With this new development, Brown is now questioning the integrity of the powers that be.
“I think it’s a lack of integrity man, and I just want to see the sport grow with integrity,” he said. “It should be about what the martial arts is; it should be about the best competing against the best and things like that.
“It’s just f—ng terrible, man. I can’t understand why – if they’re gonna let him do it, let him do it, right? Why not let us all do steroids, whatever. People are just gonna do it. Otherwise, ban these sons of b-tches, you know?
“Either you can do it or you can’t,” he added. “Why are we in this gray area? It’s garbage.”
Brown says he maintains the same level of respect that he has for the UFC, and attributes it all to poor decision-making.
“I love the UFC to death, man, and I have so much respect for every single one of those guys,” Brown said. “I think it was just a poor decision at that point. They’ve been (in existence) for almost 30 years now, the UFC. You’re gonna make some bad decisions, and I think that was a bad decision.
“It just takes away from it and it really makes me sad because I want to see our sport grow with integrity and organically, but that’s what it is. They’ve got to make some money so who am I to say anything?”