Drugs, PED utilization has closely tarnished Jon Jones’ combating resume, says former UFC fighter

Former UFC fighter Ben Askren lately supplied his candid tackle the development of Jon Jones’ profession. ‘Funky’ declared that Jones’ transgressions exterior the octagon have taken a few of the shine off of his extraordinarily spectacular resume in MMA.

While in dialog with Helen Yee of Helen Yee Sports, Ben Askren admitted that Jones’ use of medicine, PEDs, and his repeated run-ins with the legislation for home violence and hit-and-run circumstances exacted a heavy toll on his legacy as the best combined martial artist of all time.

Askren additional questioned ‘Bones’ inactivity, incorrectly recalling his final outing contained in the octagon at UFC 239 in July 2019, the place the duo shared the principle stage towards totally different opponents.

Here’s what ‘Funky’ needed to say about the identical:

“Because of his out of the cage things, people, I don’t want to say people forget about him, but they certainly don’t think as highly of him as his resume would indicate. You know, when you think about the drug things, the PED things, other stuff, they don’t think as highly of Jon Jones as his resume would show… Listen, I’m retired and I fight more often than Jon Jones so, I mean, Jon Jones’ last fight was literally July 6 when I fought. He was on that card and that’s his last fight, you know.”

However, Jones final featured contained in the octagon again in February 2020 at UFC 247 in a combat towards Dominick Reyes at mild heavyweight. He went on to win the combat by means of unanimous choice after 5 grueling rounds.

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Ben Askren calls upon Jon Jones to make a comeback on the earliest

In the identical interplay with Helen Yee, Ben Askren highlighted the implications of competing occasionally as knowledgeable fighter.

The former Bellator champion admitted that though fighters from larger weight lessons have comparatively longer careers in comparison with these competing at decrease weight lessons, the clock is ticking towards Jones’ favor.

The 37-year-old additional asserted that taking day without work from the game was nonetheless acceptable if one was recovering from an harm or a long-term medical complication. However, since that is not the case with the Alburquerque native, he urged Jones to contemplate making a return to the octagon on the earliest:

“If you’re a fighter, you only have a window that’s relatively limited and especially if you’re not injured, if you’re not rehabbing an acl or something, you need to get in there as frequently as possible.”

Catch Ben Askren’s full interplay with Helen Yee beneath:

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