Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones, the American mixed martial artist signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has remarked that he will not necessarily make requests that all his future opponents undergo drug testing before bouts.
Jon Jones, who became the youngest UFC champ in history at 23 by defeating Mauricio Rua by TKO at 2:37 for the 205-pound title, defended it five consecutive times with ease. The UFC fighter was heavily favored against his last title defense against Alexander Gustafsson on September 21, 2013, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Jones defeated Gustafsson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) but Jones' coach Greg Jackson said the UFC fighter is working much harder this time partly because he got a painful reminder that he is not as invincible as he thought. Jones landed in the hospital after the win.
Jones is ranked the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world by multiple publications and #1 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings as of January 17, 2014. He made his professional MMA debut in April 2008. The UFC debut of Jon Jones came against Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008 and managed to take a unanimous decision victory. He became the first mixed martial artist on August 8, 2012 to be sponsored by Nike on an international scale. He is the first MMA fighter to represent Gatorade and MuscleTech in the Octagon and the first fighter in MMA history to have his own shoe line.
Jones’ last fight was scheduled with Glover Teixeira on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172 in Baltimore. Jones has requested that both fighters should have been randomly drug tested ahead of the bout by the Maryland State Athletic Commission. The 26-year-old Jones said he made this request because of the reputation of Teixeira for being very physically strong. Jones admitted he has no evidence the Brazilian has ever used performance enhancing drugs, but wanted to be sure. The six-time defending champion added you just know some fighters are not on anything just by looking at them and added that part of Teixeira's mystique is his amazing physical strength and he just questioned it. Jones said he have no reason to think he's on anabolic steroids but he does wonder how someone can be so strong.
When asked if he would continue to demand for random testing in the future, Jones said not necessarily and added he just thought he would have Glover tested because he's not the youngest fighter and everyone raves about how strong he is. Jones said he "knows" that some of his previous opponents have been on performance enhancing drugs, but declined to offer any identity information about those opponents. He added that he made contact with UFC president Dana White before submitting his request for random testing in Maryland and White encouraged him to take the issue directly to the commission and not to a third-party testing organization. The UFC agreed to handle all the costs associated with the Jones and Teixeira testing.