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Chael Sonnen on Jon Jones’ Drug Test Failure for Steroids

August 23, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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ESPN recently spoke to former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen (via MMAjunkie), who commented on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones potentially failing a drug test for steroids for his UFC 214 bout with Daniel Cormier.

Sonnen expressed that he doesn’t believe this will end Jones’ career. However, he did express that this will likely kill any chance of a Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar super-fight from happening. Below are some highlights.

Sonnen on Jon Jones failing another drug test: “It’s not great. I remember the old days where the only marquee fighter failing a drug test was me. But all of a sudden it’s become a little more common. It wasn’t a big surprise. I can tell you as a guy who lived on that side of the tracks that as soon as I saw Jon Jones with his shirt off that he was using something. I also thought that because he was coming in off a suspension that he must have found a way to maneuver around the test. It appears that he did not.”

Sonnen on if this will end Jones’ career: “I don’t think this will be the end of Jon Jones’ career. I think this will blow over and he will be able to come back. Jon Jones was never the draw the media reported him to be. He doesn’t have any T-shirt records, he doesn’t have live gate records and he certainly doesn’t have pay-per-view records. The point that I’m making is, politics do matter in this situation. A situation like this, it’s good to have a friend on the inside. I don’t know that Jon has many bridges left. He likes to set fire to them as much as he likes to put a needle in his butt. It’s not great for Jon Jones, but there’s no way I can sugarcoat it.”

Sonnen on how this issue will kill any chances of Lesnar vs. Jones: “That’s not going to happen. I think that had a lot more legs to it than people thought, but Jon Jones is going to be knee-deep in red tape for a while. I don’t think that he’s going to get anything less than two years. He also has to fight this battle on two fronts: He has to deal with the California State Athletic Commission, where his last match with Daniel Cormier took place, and then he’s going to have to deal with USADA. They do not have to agree with one another. Whoever gives him the bigger, longer punishment is what he’s going to have to serve. That’s going to be at least two years in my opinion.”