It was expected there would be plenty of disappointment from the MMA community in regards to Jon Jones being given just a 15-month suspension by USADA for his second failed drug test.
One of those upset by the ruling was Jones’ greatest rival, Daniel Cormier. And now, Cormier’s teammate Luke Rockhold can be added to that list.
“I’ve been dealing with them a little bit this week. I know DC’s been dealing with them a little this week. They should choose to attack the right people,” Rockhold said.
The news of Jones’ suspension prompted Cormier to attack USADA, urging them to stop contacting him and visiting his house early in the morning. According to Rockhold, that hasn’t changed for DC.
Jones is set to return to the Octagon on Dec. 29 at UFC 232, when he faces Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title currently held by Cormier. Cormier is expected to be stripped the moment the fight starts.
Cormier, meanwhile, will defend the heavyweight title at UFC 230 against Derrick Lewis. He then will be expected to have a retirement bout against a man who also has had a USADA run-in — Brock Lesnar.
Rockhold has previously criticized USADA for their handlings of Jones and Lesnar’s cases — both men failed drug tests around the time of UFC 200 in 2016.
“When you get down to real business, these guys should be suspended for a long time,” Rockhold said. “People are learning how to cheat the system. USADA’s got to step their game up and be what they were in the beginning. In the beginning, it seemed like they were doing their job. Now it seems like they’re owned. It’s sad to see, but hopefully it can correct itself, and we can get on the right path.
As of right now, [Rockhold’s faith in USADA is] not too good.
Original Story: MMAJunkie