Title contender Anthony Smith has reacted to Jon Jones testing positive for a small trace amount of steroid again.
While many fans criticised the light heavyweight champion, “Lionheart” is not concerned about yet another failed drug test for Jones, saying he does not mind whether his future opponent has “Olympic-sized swimming pool or a grain of salt” in his system.
🧨🔥 ¡Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith! pic.twitter.com/qAo8IHraQu
— Fighters Magazine (@FightersMagz) January 7, 2019
Fresh from overwhelming Alexander Gustafsson in their highly-awaited rematch at UFC 232 last month, the newly-crowned light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will march on his first title-retention bid this March against the number three ranked contender, Anthony Smith.
Though it has yet to be finalized, UFC President Dana White told TMZ Sports that Jones’ title-defense fight will headline UFC 235 should the Nevada State Athletic Commission grant him a license to compete in Sin City.
“Later this month, Jon Jones will file an application for licensure with the NSAC in order to compete at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2nd. Provided that license is granted, Jones will be defending his Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith in a 5 round main event at the T-Mobile Arena.”
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) January 23, 2019
But ahead of this massive clash, the reigning king of the 205-lb division was hit with another steroid-related controversy as the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency found the same trace amount of Turinabol metabolite in his system, which forced the UFC to relocate the UFC 232 to California last month.
The organization collected Jones’ urine sample two days before his fight against Alexander Gustaffson. The results came back this week and showed that 33 picograms of 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3) (or DHMCT) were present in his system.
But the California State Athletic Commission said that they will not sanction Jones for failing the drug test.
“I spoke with the scientists. They stand by their original statement. Nothing has changed. We’ve already punished Jon Jones for the M3 metabolite, which is a long-term metabolite. There’s no grounds to charge somebody twice for the same violation,” stated CSAC’s executive officer Andy Foster.
“Bones” was at the centre of criticism on Wednesday following the news, but his next opponent, Anthony Smith, has taken the higher road in the wake of the issue.
“Lionheart” has earned the respect of MMA fans with his surprising response on Jones’ failed drug test. Check out his reaction below:
“If you’re hitting me up about this, don’t. I truly don’t care. Picograms, no picograms, Olympic sized swimming pools, grains of salt. I couldn’t care any less. I signed on the line and did it knowing what I was signing up for and with no expectations. I’m good, y’all.”
If you’re hitting me up about this, don’t. I truly dont care. Picograms, no picograms, Olympic sized swimming pools, grains of salt 🤦🏽♂️… I couldn’t care any less. I signed on the line and did it knowing what I was signing up for and with no expectations. I’m good, y’all. 🙅🏽♂️ https://t.co/GnQQ6diow6
— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) January 24, 2019
Jones finished Gustaffson in the third round of the UFC 232 headliner to capture the vacant light heavyweight title. On March 2, he is slated to defend his belt against Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada.
Smith earned a shot at a UFC gold after an impressive knockout of Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Moncton last October, where he also took home the Performance of the Night honor.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Jon Jones and Anthony Smith)