For UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, what to do with Jon Jones after the light heavyweight champ’s second failed drug test is simple: Ban him for life.I think its fair to say that he has definitely tarnished his legacy, Bisping said in an interview with SI Now. I think he will always be remembered for the stunning performances that he put on. When he first broke into the UFC, he was incredible absolutely unstoppable. Yes, outside of the octagon hes made some very, very bad decisions. And unfortunately this is one that isnt going to go away for a long time.”The steroid turinabol was found in Jones’ urine during a pre-UFC 214 drug test administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after the July 28 weigh-ins for his title fight with Daniel Cormier, who Jones defeated by third-round knockout.In an interesting twist, Jones passed out-of-competition tests on July 6 and July 7 and also passed a blood test conducted on fight night, though USADA cautioned it was too early to draw conclusions because turinabol is only detected in urine tests.
If proven guilty of knowingly taken steroids, Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) faces a potential four-year suspension after already having served a one-year term for a failed drug test, which Jones later explained was the result of a tainted sexual enhancement pill.
Jones has yet to offer any explanation for this latest failed test since the news broke Aug. 22. Bisping(30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) has thoughts.
“Its fair to say theres no smoke without fire,” Bisping said. “This isnt his first time. So, I guess were going see how this thing unfolds, but its not looking good.
When asked if Jones deserves to be banned for life from ever competing again in MMA, Bisping did not mince words.
I believe so, Bisping said. If you have a history of taking performance-enhancing drugs, theres no place for it. This is a vicious sport. Its not for everybody. Were not trying to put a ball into a basket. Were trying to you can dress it up however you want were trying to beat our opponents, either into submission or knock them out. Performance-enhancing drugs have no place in this sport.For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.