It’s not like Jon Jones regrets the idea of using male enhancement pills per se. The former UFC light heavyweight champion has used them many times and maintains to this day that he enjoys the experience.
“I’ve been in the UFC for many, many years and I’ve taken sex pills many times in my adult life,” Jones said at a Friday press conference in Buffalo ahead of UFC 210. “I highly recommend it, guys. Damn great. It’s awesome.
The problem, of course, is that for most of his career, these pills weren’t against the rules, or at least they didn’t contain banned substances. But now, with USADA as the UFC’s anti-doping partner, things are much stricter.
And Jones, who was suspended for a year after testing what he calls “dick pills” ahead of what was supposed to be his UFC 200 fight with Daniel Cormier, says he regret not having been as thorough as he could on the new regulations. Jones tested positive for the anti-estrogen drugs clomiphene and letrozol last July.
“I probably should have taken the rules a lot more seriously and literally tested everything. I just thought it wasn’t necessary because it had nothing to do with athletic performance,” Jones said. I take USADA very seriously now, send them everything and tell them where I’m going to be.”
While Jones, who comes out of suspension in July, has had well-documented issues outside the cage, he says he’s proud to be a clean contender once he comes of age and hopes regain the trust of fans upon his return.
Arbitrators in his doping case ruled that Jones was negligent, but did not believe he intentionally took performance-enhancing drugs. However, they found he was so reckless in taking the substances, without checking them, that they recommended he get the maximum one-year suspension anyway.
“I’ve never cheated in this sport,” Jones said. “Every ounce of my success is the result of hard work, dedication, focus and often courage. I’m not worried it will follow me forever because I believe the fans will see what happened. in the situation.