The light heavyweight rivalry between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson has finally come to an end as Jones finished Alexander Gustafsson in the third round to claim the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight championship at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
The event had to be shifted from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to The Forum in Inglewood, California on a week’s notice because of a very abnormal finding in Jon Jones’s system which forced the Nevada State Athletic Commission to revoke his license.
Jon Jones’s urine sample found traces of Turinabol in his system. This is the same drugs he got banned for when he tested positive for it last year after he won his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. He was later suspended for 15-months.
Although the fail drug test has led to people questioning Jon Jones’s credibility and it has massively hampered his reputation, but not everyone agrees with this analogy.
According to former four-division world champion and boxing legend Roy Jones Jr, the drug test woes will not damage Jon Jones’s legacy.
“This time, it won’t taint his legacy because it’s not like he did it again,” Jones told members of the media backstage at the Forum. “They said it was just residue from an old test. And I understand what the commissioner is saying in Las Vegas because he doesn’t want to get a lawsuit from somebody else because he let it go through.
“It’s difficult, but you have to kind of understand people and understand their argument. Nothing will taint the true legacy of who Jon Jones is.”
For the four-division world boxing champion, performance-enhancing drug use, in general, are not detrimental to a fighter’s image.
“You think that steroids taint their image? I don’t it think taints their image because if steroids made that much difference, anybody can be that good if they just used steroids,” he said. “Jon Jones, even in the fights he passed the tests on, he was still that good.”
“The fights he had fought that he had tested positive on, you gotta take them away. But that does not destroy or eliminate who Jon Jones really was.