Ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones gets another crack at the belt next weekend. After last night’s news, “Bones” will now face Alexander Gustafsson in Inglewood, California, instead of Las Vegas, Nevada…
Fans and fighters alike were shocked to learn that UFC 232 was being moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on just 6 days notice. In perhaps the first example of this kind of case, the promotion was forced to move states due to an “Abnormal” finding in Jon Jones’ latest USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) test.
Jon Jones argues his case
“Bones” certainly has a history of falling on the wrong side of drug test results. That said, USADA officially said this test result did not constitute a violation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, not everyone is buying that statement. Jones, though, has vehemently proclaimed his innocence in a lengthy statement released on Twitter and later another on Instagram.
During the statements, which we sourced from MMAFighting.com, “Bones” apologized to fans who had spent money on flights to Vegas while saying the situation was no fault of his own:
“I’m focused on achieving my ultimate goal of reclaiming my Light Heavyweight title. I have willingly submitted to every USADA test in the lead up to this fight and USADA has confirmed what I’ve been saying all along, that I’m a clean athlete. I sincerely thank the California
State Athletic Commission and Andy Foster for doing the right thing and supporting me through this process. I cannot wait to fight Alex Gustafsson this Saturday December 29th at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood.”
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“How’s it going everybody? It’s your boy ‘Bones’ Jones here. I just wanted to take the time out to apologize to the fans for what is going on. This is a situation that is completely out of my control. But I still will man up and apologize for this happening. I realize there’s a lot of people who lost out in this situation.
People came from Sweden, people came from Brazil, other fighters, I feel you guys’ frustration. Today has been a hell of a day. A hell of a day. Big shock to us all. Spent tears today because I can feel the frustration of the fans and I’m going to do what I can to try to make it right for at least some of you guys. I’ve already taken care of some flights and some tickets for people.
Can’t bend me, can’t break me. #Champion2018
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 24, 2018
So I’m doing what I can to make this right. I just really want to ensure you guys that this is not a mistake I made. Completely out of my control. But I do feel you guys’ pain and I am sincerely sorry. Love you guys and God bless you guys and I guess I’ll see some of you in California. And that’s about it. Alright, I’m gonna try to get some sleep.”