Love him or hate him, former UFC champion Jon Jones is one of the most magnetic characters in mixed martial arts. For many, that qualification hinges on the question of whether or not he has been doping. The saga of Jon Jones’s indiscretions is long and well-recorded.
Over the years, he’s gone back-and-forth being the man with the biggest upside to the one with the most wasted potential in a seemingly never-ending cycle. He’s had brushes with the law, dodgy pills, fights at press conferences, hot mics, stripped titles and more, and through it, all has remained a truly polarizing figure in the sport.
Jones finally made it back and defeated Cormier with a third round head-kick, but days after it was revealed he tested positive for Turinabol, an Eastern European anabolic. Jones has maintained his innocence while being stripped of the belt, though he has declined to offer a specific explanation.
Dude the truth is I would never do steroids, I put that on my children and I put that on my Heavenly Father https://t.co/i8EEbrQU5x
— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 14, 2017
Cormier is set to defend the belt this Saturday at UFC 222, but it seems Jones is making progress of his own. According to UFC sources and reported by MMA Fighting, Jones has taken and passed a polygraph test:
“The test was conducted by the PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, N.M. on Dec 7, sources say. Neither the UFC nor the United States Anti-Doping Agency asked Jones to take the test.”
The polygraph was conducted by the PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 7. The purpose of this test is unclear. Polygraph evidence is not well-regarded in legal courts, but Jones will be tried by a USADA commission. As we all know, Jones values his public image highly, and perhaps this was an attempt of the former champion to convince all of us that he did not intentionally cheat.