“It Should Be a Hands Down Lifetime Ban” – Sean Strickland Says Jon Jones Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Fight Again

Published 12/23/2021, 8:45 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Sean Strickland reacts after his victory over Jack Marshman of Wales in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages


UFC legend Jon Jones finds himself in hot waters regularly because of personal or professional aspects of his life. Many believe Jones might have used performance-enhancing substances because he had previously failed medical tests for the same. In fact, fellow UFC fighter, Sean Strickland, is quite sure that Jones was utilizing PEDs. Strickland had some strong opinions about fighters who flout rules by using prohibited substances.

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In a recent conversation with Helen Yee, Strickland said, “I think Jon Jones could have been the greatest fighter to ever walk in the UFC. I mean, I grew up watching Jon Jones but after, after he got popped, I mean it’s clear that he was juiced. I don’t think he should ever be allowed to fight again.”

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He further stated, “I think his legacy is gone. I think everything he’s ever done in the UFC should be replaced because I mean. Again, if you’re cheating and you’re getting an advantage, how do you hold a legacy, you know, when you didn’t do it on an even playing field. So I just think if you, if you get caught for steroids, like-time f**king ban.”

“If it’s a tainted supplement, I get that. But if you’re, if you’re juiced like f**king Izzy, Jon Jones, it should be a hands down lifetime ban.”

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A while back, spectators had noticed that Israel Adesanya‘s pectoral muscles were swollen. Because of this, many suspected a possible use of banned substances. However, ‘The Last Stylebender’ came forward to address the issue and denied the involvement of any banned substances. However, Sean Strickland does not seem to believe him.

What’s next for Sean Strickland?

Viewers will soon see Strickland in the Octagon once again. He will fight against Jack Hermansson on February 5, 2022. Currently, ‘Tarzan’ is on a 5-fight winning streak. His last fight was against Uriah Hall and he won that via a unanimous decision.

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Strickland was supposed to fight Luke Rockhold at UFC 268. But the bout was canceled as the latter pulled out, stating injury as the reason. Fortunately for Strickland’s fans, they can soon see him back in the ring.

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What do you think about Sean Strickland’s comments about Jon Jones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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