Simply who’re MMA’s legends? The final 20+ years of fight sports activities have given followers some amazingly dominant stars to root for. Fighters like Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, and Fedor Emelianenko, who dominated their competitors for years and years on finish.
On the floor, at the very least, one man absolutely belongs in that notable firm as the best mild heavyweight expertise of all time: former UFC champion Jon Jones.
At present in a self-imposed hiatus from energetic competitors, Jones dominated over the 205 lb. division from 2011 to 2020—going undefeated in 18 straight bouts and slamming the door on three totally different generations of title contenders and former champions. Sadly, in that point, he additionally had a number of run ins with the UFC’s drug testing companions. That included a 2016 failed drug take a look at for clomiphene & letrozole (each usually used to forestall uncomfortable side effects from steroid use) and a 2017 USADA violation for hint quantities of the anabolic steroid Turinabol.
It’s for these causes that upcoming UFC 279 PPV headliner Nate Diaz was adamant in his dismissal of Jones as certainly one of MMA’s all time greats. Diaz recently sat down to talk with ESPN, the place he gave his ideas on the present and former lessons of elite MMA expertise amongst different issues.
“The OGs … Anderson [Silva], ‘GSP’ (Georges St-Pierre), Fedor [Emelianenko] … Who? Jon [Jones]? Out of the query,” Diaz defined (transcript by way of MMA Fighting). “I don’t care. Silva, too. Like, I imply, with all due respect to them as a result of they’re nice, however should you do steroids that’s simply fully—should you’re caught, you’re a f****** … you understand what I’m saying?
“Should you’re doing it out loud, that’s totally different. They had been all taking pictures steroids then whoop everyone’s ass. It’s like, effectively, I’m keen to combat [expletive] on steroids. I don’t give a f***. However should you’re doing it [and hiding it], like let’s simply all discuss it. You do steroids, I’ll smoke weed then let’s get in there and scrap. I don’t give a f***.
“However you sneak steroids in and also you’re thought-about? Out of the query,” Diaz continued. “That complete legacy is gone and completed with. All these guys you contemplate the GOATs, should you guys are all of the GOATs … I don’t give a f*** as a result of I do know arguably I’m in there too with an enormous portion of individuals on the market on the planet. However the way in which the UFC makes it, it’s all by numbers and s***. You’re not even concerned, it’s like yeah, proper. [Look at] my 15 years.”
Diaz himself had a quick run in with USADA again in 2019, when the UFC’s drug testing accomplice flagged him for the the substance Ligandrol—in any other case generally known as LGD-4033. A selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM)—usually used to deal with muscular atrophy—the drug has discovered it’s approach into the world of PEDs as effectively. Diaz was finally cleared of all wrongdoing after LGD-4033 was discovered as an unlisted ingredient in a complement he had been taking on the time.
The longtime Cesar Gracie educated fighter is presently making ready to face Khamzat Chimaev within the UFC 279 most important occasion, for what is mostly anticipated to be his closing look for the world’s largest MMA promotion. The co-main is ready to characteristic the welterweight debut of former interim light-weight champion Tony Ferguson, taking up Li Jingliang. Keep tuned for extra information and notes as combat evening approaches.