Jon Jones to Miesha Tate after candid comments on doping case: ‘I don’t quit when things get tough’
As far as Jon Jones is concerned, losing Miesha Tate as a fan is unfortunate – but so be it.
Jones on Tuesday was unsuccessful in convincing the California State Athletic Commission he didn’t knowingly take a banned steroid prior to UFC 214, resulting in a $205,000 fine and revocation of his fight license.
Tate, a retired ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion, didn’t hold back during an appearance on Sirius XM in expressing just how disappointed she is with Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).
“I don’t want to hear his sob story. I felt sorry for the first, second time he kind of had me. But it’s like, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I mean, come on. Am I waiting for a fourth now? I just don’t … I’m over it.”
Jones didn’t let Tate’s words go without a response. In a tweet Wednesday night, the former UFC light heavyweight champion seemingly took a shot at Tate before wishing her well (via Twitter).
“I don’t quit when things get tough for me” likely is in reference to Tate’s surprise retirement in 2016 following back-to-back defeats, which included the loss of her title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
Jones, 30, knocked out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 but failed an out-of-competition urine test conducted on weigh-ins day July 28. He came up positive for metabolites of oral turinabol, a banned steroid. He passed two tests conducted prior to the fight on July 6 and July 7, and post-fight on July 29, though the latter sample was not tested for turinabol.
Jones may re-apply for a CSAC license at the conclusion of his case with USADA, which remains pending.
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