Jon Jones confirms story he once hid under cage to avoid drug test – ESPN

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A story about former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones hiding under the cage at his gym years ago to avoid taking a drug test has been part of MMA lore for years. But it had never been verified, often chalked up to trash talk from an opponent, a tall tale that bloomed from Jones’ two past positive drug tests.

On Thursday, though, Jones confirmed on Twitter that the story is true, that he did indeed hide from a sample collector who came to his JacksonWink MMA gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to administer a drug test for the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). This was apparently before the UFC’s partnering with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2015.

Jones, the former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion and one of the best MMA fighters of all time, wrote that he had “just smoked a blunt” and was afraid he’d fail the drug test for marijuana. However, cannabis is actually not prohibited in out-of-competition drug testing; it is banned in in-competition drug testing that is done in the immediate hours before and after fight night.

The admission came during a long back-and-forth Twitter exchange with UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya, with whom Jones has been trash-talking on social media for more than a week with a possible bout between the two being targeted for 2021. Adesanya tweeted that Jones “stayed under the cage to hide from USADA during a random drug test.”

Jones responded, “I was hiding from Nevada State Athletic Commission, not USADA and that was years ago. I had just smoked a blunt and was afraid I would fail my test for weed. … That’s the actual truth.”

A request for comment from NSAC executive director Bob Bennett was not immediately returned Friday. The commission has

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