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Jon Jones says UFC was ‘very well aware’ Vitor Belfort was on steroids at UFC 152

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Josh Gross published an article on Deadspin claiming that the UFC covered up Vitor Belfort testing positive for elevated testosterone in the state of Nevada just under three weeks before his fight with Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title at UFC 152.

According to the report, the UFC sent an email (of the drug test results) to three UFC executives on the afternoon of September 4th, 2012. Instead, it was accidentally sent “to a group of 29 fighters, managers, and trainers,” including longtime MMA manager Monte Cox.

Once the UFC found out about this, the UFC went into damage control mode and sent another mass email ordering the unintended recipients to delete the emails. According to Gross, one prominent fighter who saw the results and came to the conclusion that “Belfort had cheated and that the UFC had covered it up.”

During his new hour-long interview with Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones discussed the situation.

“I remember at the weigh-ins, I looked at his abs and I’m like, dude, I’m like several years younger than you and you look way tighter than me,” Jones said. “And I knew I trained pretty hard for that camp. Everybody has always speculated Vitor for being on steroids. But to know they put me in there with him knowing he was on them, it’s really a slap in the face.”

“That period of time with TRT is one that was tricky for everyone: For the UFC, for athletic commissions, and for athletes alike,” Sholler said. “I think when everyone came to a conclusion it didn’t have a place in the sport and was outlawed in 2014, we were quick to make sure that we too followed suit, as Nevada has said.”

“Vitor Belfort was on steroids when I fought him,” Jones said. “The UFC was very well aware way before the fight. They did nothing to penalize him. They let the fight go on knowing that I was fighting a guy on steroids, which is a hazard to my life.”

“I haven’t brought it up to them yet,” Jones said. “But the fans know. It all gets back to what I was saying about power of the UFC and this athletic commission. Eventually something needs to be done about it.

“I will bring it up eventually. I’m just interested to hear their explanation.”

You can watch the video here.



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