On this day three years ago, Jon Jones decided he wasn’t going to go after Sean O’Malley like others have.
It’s well known that Jon Jones has had his fair share of problems with USADA over the years. However, the last two times Jones was reported were for residual substances, as opposed to any further ingestion. Additionally, Independent Arbitration has always said Jones did not knowingly cheat in any of his previous cases.
Still, that didn’t stop Jones from being called a lifelong cheater by many critics, including some of his peers.
In 2019, O’Malley faced a very similar issue to Jones regarding residual substances causing complications in his MMA career. And Jones decided to come to the defense of Sugar Sean after holding the same position around the same time in this story.
With his drug testing issues far behind him, Sean O’Malley will compete next Saturday at UFC 276 against Pedro Munhoz.
As for Jones, he also remained cleared to compete, with the former LHW king set to return to action this year, most likely making his heavyweight debut against Stipe Miocic.
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On this day three years ago…
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUNE 26, 2019, 12:45 PM]
Headline: Jon Jones comments on Sean O’Malley’s USADA run-in
Author: Fernando Quiles Jr.
Jon Jones shows his support for Sean O’Malley, who is struggling to return to action due to drug test results.
O’Malley was scheduled to compete on the massive UFC 229 card in October 2018. “Sugar” was going to face Jose Quinonez, but was kicked off the card. O’Malley was arrested for ostarine. He accepted a reduced sanction from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), but was flagged again ahead of his scheduled fight at UFC 239 with Marlon Vera.
Jon Jones weighs in on Sean O’Malley’s situation
O’Malley says all signs point to the substance found in his system being residual. Jones also dealt with a pulsing effect after the turinabol entered his system. The UFC light heavyweight kingpin told MMAJunkie.com that he hopes O’Malley can prove his innocence:
“It doesn’t feel good to me (knowing that someone else is going through a similar problem). I know how stressful it can be to be in his situation. I hope he is a clean athlete and that he can prove it. I think he’s good for the sport. He’s extremely fun. He’s different, and that’s what we need. I won’t be one of those athletes to rejoice or celebrate someone else’s sadness. I only wish him the best. I hope he can understand everything.
O’Malley has been out of action since March 2018 due to drug testing issues. Many have high hopes for “Sugar,” which emerged thanks to Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series. Stay with MMA News for the latest updates on O’Malley’s ordeal with USADA.