Jon Jones has been sensationally accusing of failing a number of drug exams within the build-up to his UFC light-heavyweight championship struggle with Anthony Smith.
‘Bones’ defeated Smith convincingly again in 2019 as a part of a rudimentary title defence the place he dominated for 5 rounds.
But greater than 5 years on, the bout is being known as into query by ‘Lionheart’ who insists he was nicely conscious of Jones’ shortcomings.
The previous 205lbs champion of the UFC has a chequered historical past in relation to narcotics, serving a 15-month suspension again in 2017 after testing constructive for Turinbol – an anabolic steroid.
Jones had beforehand been hit with a one-year ban by USADA for 2 banned substances earlier than his UFC 200 bout with Daniel Cormier, though this was dismissed at an arbitration listening to.
UFC Vice President of Athlete Well being and Efficiency, Jeff Novitksy, revealed on Twitter Jones was examined an unimaginable 42 occasions by three separate entities in 2019 – allegedly essentially the most of any athlete in a single sport in a calendar yr.
But it appears as if Smith has denied these accusations and as an alternative insisted his rival failed EVERY drug take a look at earlier than their assembly at UFC 235.
He mentioned on The Jenna Ben Present: “After the Glover struggle, he had loads of unfavorable issues to say and sort of had taken some pictures at me for the break-in and sort of making enjoyable of me which actually was sort of out of left subject.
“As a result of I’ve by no means attacked Jon personally. Up till that very level, he had by no means taken a shot at me personally.
“He’d clearly mentioned he’s going to kick my ass, he’s even mentioned, ‘I don’t like that he mentioned this,’ however he’s by no means been capable of refute something I mentioned as a result of I all the time speak about Jon very factually.
“He does this nicely, he does that nicely, he was suspended for this, however I by no means get into his drug take a look at bull s***,” Anthony Smith continued.
“I by no means even instructed anybody Jon failed each drug take a look at your entire week main as much as our struggle. Each single drug take a look at.
“I by no means introduced it up one time in any interview, in any media factor, nothing. The fee known as me on daily basis to let me know he was nonetheless failing his drug exams.
“I by no means mentioned something; I let it’s as a result of I used to be simply targeted on myself and all the time believed that if you happen to simply concentrate on your self you’re going to be that rather more profitable.”