‘Jon Failed Every Drug Test The Entire Week’- Anthony Smith Reveals Details From Jon Jones’ Career

Published 06/24/2021, 2:40 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones waits in his corner prior to his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith casually targets former divisional champion, Jon Jones. The American resurfaced Jones’ failed drug test issues dating back to the time when they fought for the title at UFC 235.

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In a recent interview, Smith explained all the happenings in the build-up to their fight. He also explained why he never brought up Jones’s drug issues over media even though he knew that all along.

Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) and Anthony Smith (blue gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“After the Glover (Teixeira) fight, he had a lot of negative things to say and kind of hand taken some shots at me for the break-in and kind of making fun of me which really was kind of out of (the) left field. Because I’ve never attacked Jon personally,” he said.

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Smith was not at all amused by some personal comments Jones made on him. The latter had also commented on a home invasion ‘Lionheart’ dealt with last year.

Smith added, “Up until that very point, he had never taken a shot at me personally. He’d obviously said he’s gonna kick my ass. He has even said ‘I don’t like that he said this,’ but he’s never been able to refute anything I said because I always talk about Jon very factually.”

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Smith claims, Jon Jones failed every drug test prior to UFC 235

During their fight, Jones was heading towards a unanimous decision win. In the fourth round, ‘Bones’ landed an illegal knee to an already downed Smith (35-16).

At that time, if Smith had signaled for unable to continue, he could have been crowned the champion. Even before Aljamain Sterling, who captured the bantamweight title after an illegal knee from Petr Yan. This made Jones praise him, but a year later, he was making fun of Smith.

The committee never flagged off Jones for failed drug tests officially at UFC 235. But Smith claims otherwise. “I never even told anyone Jon failed every drug test the entire week leading up to our fight,” he said.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 28: Anthony Smith reacts after submitting Devin Clark in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX on November 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“Every single drug test. I never brought it up in any interview, in any media thing, nothing.”

Smith added, “The commission called me every day to let me know he was still failing his drug tests. I never said anything.”

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According to Smith, the reason he didn’t make it public because he believed one should focus on itself and that would help them to become more successful.

Well, some powerful words have come from Smith’s side. It will be interesting to see how Jones responds to these revelations of the ‘Lionheart’.

What do you make of Smith’s revelations?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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