When Jon Jones threw himself on the mercy of the proverbial court, in an attempt to get his mixed martial arts (MMA) license reinstated by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), he was asked to undergo additional drug testing as a sign of good faith.
That request was summarily declined.
No explanation was given as to why “Bones” wouldn’t oblige, but I guess he knew it wouldn’t matter either way. When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needed a place to host the UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) event, CSAC welcomed Jones and Co. with open arms.
Sure, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) wanted more time to investigate yet another drug-test abnormality returned by Jones, but UFC needed to close out the year with a PPV bang and postponing his Alexander Gustafsson fight just wasn’t an option.
“The Mauler” appears to be unfazed.
— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) December 24, 2018
UFC 232 keeps the date of Dec. 29, 2018, but moves from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, to The Forum in Inglewood, California, where a “clean” Jones can be licensed to compete for the light heavyweight title that Daniel Cormier will relinquish on fight night.
Speaking of Cormier, you can bet “DC” took the time to let Jones and the rest of the combat sports community know what he thought about this latest debacle and yes, Jones fired right back with his usual ad hominem attack.
This is our sport, ladies and gentlemen, stand tall.