It may have been Jon Jones’ third controversial drug test result, but his most recent one for UFC 214 was still a shock to many. Daniel Cormier, the man whom he took the belt from, was left “feeling sick” and unable to process the information when he first heard the news.
Jones may have just self-sabotaged his way to a ruined legacy after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the second consecutive time. And at least for long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan, it may be difficult for the youngest UFC champion to climb back from this hole.
“Jon Jones, with this, becomes the number one f—k up of all time, for sure, if he wasn’t already,” Rogan said on a recent episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast (transcript via MMA Fighting). “This is the biggest one ever. We can only hope and pray that somehow or another there’s some mistake.”
USADA has yet to complete their full investigation on Jones’ case, which is why the UFC has yet to make any decisions about removing the light heavyweight title from Jones. But even without the final verdict, Rogan says it is only reasonable enough to make some speculations, especially since this is not the first time that this happened.
“Here’s the thing, we don’t know what was really going on now [with Jones],” Rogan said. “Now I think we are allowed to have complete, open speculation with zero concern for being respectful. After the dick pill thing you gotta go, ‘Look man, the dude was partying, he was taking some dick pills.’ Coke, I don’t give a f–k about coke. That’s not helping you. Then you hear about this and you go, ‘Wait a minute, what is this?’ I want to know what this is.”
“This is a weird one because if he was taking what you describe as some short-acting, quick-leaving your system steroid that makes you aggressive, you have to ask how long was he doing this for?” he added. “Was he doing this during training? Did this amp him up? Did this help his work rate? Did this make him more aggressive and more confident in training. Did it add to his confidence when he was fighting? What is this? We don’t know.”
As confirmed by USADA, Jones tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid which is taken orally, and is included in the steroids used by bodybuilders to this day. If proven that he is indeed guilty of taking the substance, he could face up to four years of ineligibility, the rightful forfeiture of his title, and a possible civil lawsuit from Cormier for battery.