Bisping calls for life ban for Jones

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes Jon Jones should be banned for life from the UFC after his B sample returned positive on Tuesday.

Jones’ urine tested positive for banned substance turinabol in a pre-fight drug test before his devastating KO win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. Now, his B sample has returned positive, cuing a new wave of criticism for Jones.

When asked if, in light of his previous failed drug tests, Jones should receive a life ban from the sport, Bisping pulled no punches.

“I believe so,” the Brit told SI Now.

“If you have a history of taking performance-enhancing drugs, there’s no place for it. This is a vicious sport. It’s not for everybody. We’re not trying to put a ball into a basket. We’re trying to — you can dress it up however you want — we’re trying to beat our opponents, either into submission or knock them out. Performance-enhancing drugs have no place in this sport.”

Despite previous doping violations and other misdemeanours outside the octagon, Jones has enjoyed near unrivaled success in the UFC, with seven successful light heavyweight title defences helping him to a 23-1 record.

However, Bisping indicates these doping violations have affected his legacy in the sport.

“I think it’s fair to say that he has definitely tarnished his legacy,” he added.

“I think he will always be remembered for the stunning performances that he put on. When he first broke into the UFC, he was incredible – absolutely unstoppable. Yes, outside of the octagon he’s made some very, very bad decisions. And unfortunately this is one that isn’t going to go away for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Jones will now enter arbitration with the United States Anti-Doping Agency, with a four year ban likely to be the minimum sentence.