Shortly after Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 232, he did an interview with the crew of UFC Tonight — including Michael Bisping.
Apparently, during an off-air segment, Bisping asked Jones a question that did go over well. As you might have guessed, it pertained to the trace amounts of turinabol detected in several of Jones’s recent drug tests.
“I don’t care about asking difficult questions and I asked Jon Jones some questions, which apparently he didn’t like because after the fight…we interviewed him again and when we were on commercial break he was talking f*cking shit,’” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast (transcript via MMA Fighting).
“To whoever the powers may be were at FOX, he [said], ‘Is that motherf*cker Michael Bisping going to be asking questions again, with his f*cking dumb sh*t,’ and all this and I was like, ‘Ohhh yeah.’”
Michael Bisping suspects the question that really got to Jon Jones was one about what could happen if the new champ failed a post-fight drug test.
“Here’s what we never spoke about: he tested positive in August, he tested positive in September and he tested positive in December. Now they’re saying that they are metabolites and they’re saying the presence of Turinabol can stay in his body for a long time. So, if you put that all together, he’s probably going to test positive after fight,” Bisping recounted, explaining why he asked this question.
“So, I said, ‘Jon, has there been any discussion as to what happens if you test positive after the fight?’ Because I’ll tell you what, if I’m Alexander Gustafsson and you stopped me in the third round, but the motherf*cker tests positive…and I don’t care how many small pinches of salt it is in an Olympic sized swimming pool…I want that overturned to a f*cking no contest because you’ve tested positive after the fact.”
Fair question or otherwise, Michael Bisping says Jon Jones was not impressed.
“He said, ‘Well, you know, I’m just looking forward to this fight, this fight’s going to be great and blah blah blah—he just totally ignored the question,” he recounted. “So then I went back at him again, I slightly reworded [the question] and once again he ignored it. You could see he wasn’t happy.”
“I wasn’t trying to be a dick with Jon,” he said. “I love watching Jon Jones fight; he’s incredible. I’ve been around him enough during my fight career and Jon’s always been cool with me. I’ve always liked the guy, but being in that position that we’re in, we’ve got to ask those f*cking questions.”
What do you make of this exchange between Jon Jones and Michael Bisping?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/3/2019.