Jon Jones after clean UFC 232 drug test: 'Interested to hear the excuses of my next few victims'

After clearing his first drug testing hurdle since becoming UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones is pretty pleased with himself.

Jones, 31, did a verbal victory lap on his two-time opponent, Alexander Gustafsson, who called him a cheater prior to a third-round submission loss at UFC 232.

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“Absolutely no jet fuel found,” the newly minted UFC light heavyweight champ wrote on Instagram, tagging Gustafsson in the process. “Just wanted to make sure you saw this. Seemed like that was the only thing you could focus on in our last fight.”

There was also a defiant message for future opponents, first among them Anthony Smith, who’s also made clear his feelings about Jones’ repeated issues with doping.

“Interested to hear the excuses of my next few victims,” Jones said.

Today, the California State Athletic Commission announced Jones passed multiple fight-night drug tests conducted by the commission and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Most notable about Jones’ negative was the absence of M3 metabolite in oral turinabol, which was the catalyst for the last-minute move of UFC 232 from Nevada to California.

Experts said a Dec. 9 positive for M3 was the result of a “pulsing effect” that could potentially see Jones vacilate between positives and negatives for an undefined timeframe. Jones has denied all along knowingly taking any banned substances, and UFC President Dana White and UFC executive Jeff Novitzky have backed a USADA decision not to rule another anti-doping violation.

Jones’ two-time opponent and former dual champ Daniel Cormier recently questioned whether steroid metabolities are now “part of the deal” in fighting the light heavyweight champ. Smith has said he doesn’t care whether Jones is clean or not.

Later this month, Jones is scheduled to go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on his Dec. 9 test to “provide an opportunity” for the commission “to determine the appropriate path forward for him in Nevada.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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