LAS VEGAS – News came out Thursday that Jon Jones had more atypical drug test results earlier this month. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has acquitted Jones despite the fact that scientists believe that Jones is testing a long-term steroid metabolite for which he was fined almost two years ago.
The man Jones defends his UFC lightweight title against Saturday's UFC 235, Anthony Smith, saying he was not at all surprised by these developments. Smith said he knew that this would happen with some Jones drug tests that were clean again and some had the long-term metabolite DHCMT M3.
"It's expected," Smith said at UFC 235 Open Workouts at MGM Grand. "I had no doubt in my head. Whatever the reason, he tends to pulsate when approaching a fight. I expected it. I would have been more shocked if it had not been there. It's what it is, man.
Smith said he spoke to NAC Executive Director Bob Bennett on Thursday and that he had no problem with the Commission's decision to grant Jones license to fight. He does not believe that Jones has a competitive advantage in the presence of steroid metabolite in his system.
"I trust the Nevada State Sports Commission," Smith said. "I do not understand the science behind it. It does not make sense to any of us ̵
Smith (31-13) is a heavy underdog against Jones, who is one of the greatest fighters of all time and has never lost a fight save a disqualification. Smith, 30, said the last thing he wants to do when he gets involved in a huge fight like this is Jones and his problems with positive drug testing are affecting his focus. He believes that Jones did just that for former opponents like Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson – and it cost them.
"Like I said, I think Cormier and Gustafsson spent a lot of time talking about the negative things that Jon is doing and who he is as a person and what he's up to," Smith said. "Listen guys, Jon Jones does a lot right. He does a lot of good things and that's what I focused on. And he does all the best in the Octagon. That's all I care about. Everything else is just a distraction. Cormier and Gustafsson were distracted by it and let Jon win. I will not be mentally or emotionally beaten by Jon. It's not going to happen. "