Daniel Cormier’s Expecting “Different” Jon Jones Due to USADA

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Recently Alexander Gustafsson accused Jon Jones of using performance-enhancing drugs for their epic, 2013 bout, and now Daniel Cormier’s piling on with more PED accusations.

Following Gustafsson’s impressive win over Glover Teixeira last month, he and Jones got into it on Twitter. During the exchange, the Swedish star accused Jones of having used banned substances in advance of their bout, and then more recently, he stood by those comments.

Well, during the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, Cormier reportedly had this to say about Jones and PEDs (quote via MMA Fighting):

“You heard Alexander Gustafsson now is saying he believes that Jon was enhanced throughout his career,” Cormier said. “But before, we had no sanctioning body like USADA. USADA now is on top of all that, so I do believe that we will see a different fighter in Anaheim, because I do believe he’ll have to be clean this time, otherwise he’ll be caught.”

“I think he fought Ovince Saint Preux clean, and he didn’t like the way he felt, and tried to do something again dirty and he got caught at UFC 200,” Cormier added, while referring to Jones’ win over OSP in April, 2016.

Wow. When you consider the beef between Cormier and Jones, chances are these comments aren’t going to sit too well with the former 205 champ. Although, that could be precisely why Cormier’s said it.

It’s been interesting to see how Jones’ USADA flag last year has been cited by the likes of Gustafsson, Cormier, and others, as a means to question the star’s legacy. Before Jones’ issues with USADA, not too many people were scrutinizing his abilities or status as the greatest light-heavyweight ever.

It should be noted, however, that ultimately USADA concluded that a contaminated sexual-performance pill was behind Jones’ positive test for the banned substances clomiphene and Letrozol. As a result, Jones received only a one year suspension.

Cormier – Jones II will go down on July 29th at UFC 214 in Anaheim. That fight has to be on every fan’s must see list.

  • michaelchimique

    I wholeheartedly agree that we’ll see a different Jones.
    with that said as someone who’s not a Jones fan I hope that while we can all expect to see a different Jon Jones, that DC trains to face the best Jones. that way he should have no problem getting past him and continuing his reign as champ

    • Murdock

      What do you expect two guys that lost to the same person to do other than agree with one another that they have been “cheated”? I mean, really, DC.

      What is much more plausible is that Jones, who had been doing powerlifting during his suspension, had a hard time cutting weight to make 205 for the OSP fight. I think he lost a great deal of speed and timing during that time. Anyone that has ever had to cut weight, especially when it is muscle, can tell you it’s much more taxing on the body.

  • Wabbit

    Post USADA, fighters such as Belfort look and have performed as shadows of themselves two years ago.

  • LNX03

    I’m not sure what Comier is thinking but he lost to JJ on all aspects of the fight last time. He got his as tossed in wrestling and outstruck. He is nervous. Anyone who gets beat like he did the last time and NOW talks smack like at the last press conference saying “I’m going to whoop you punk” ??
    Really!! Just be quiet like you should and prepare as best you can for this fight because he is going to need it!!!