Jon Jones fires back at Georges St-Pierre over PED comments: ‘I guess brain damage is real’

Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre

In a recent conversation with MMA Fighting, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre implied that former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should not be included in MMA’s GOAT debate on the basis of his previous failed drug tests.

“Just look at the difference with some of the — I’m not saying any names, because I don’t want to attack an individual, I want to change the system — just look at the difference with some people,” he said. “Look, I remember there was a fight between two opponents, and one guy said, ‘Oh, it’s not the performance-enhancing [drugs] that threw the kick. It’s me.’ Actually, it’s not true. That’s the performance-enhancing drugs that threw the kick, because you wouldn’t have thrown the kick [like that] if you would have not taken them. You know what I mean? So to give you an example, it makes you more creative, it makes you more hungry. It changes the physique.

“Also, not only the physique, it changes the mind of the person. So with people, they think it’s only affecting strength and conditioning and stuff like that. No, it doesn’t. It’s not only recuperation — it changes the person entirely. It makes him a better athlete. And yes, I think they should be removed from the [GOAT discussion].

Speaking on Instagram shortly thereafter, Jon Jones responded to Georges St-Pierre, and he doesn’t seem happy.

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It sucks when you have to hear someone you’ve always shown respect to sit and talk foolishness. But that’s the nature of the game these days. Saying steroids change more than physical performance. “Make you more creative and hungry”. Do you know how crazy that sounds? I guess brain damage is real out here. Saying PED metabolites threw a kick? Come on man. It’s called training and identifying a weakness. So much in fact I told him to his face it was coming and then landed it. That’s called execution. How about rather than campaigning for GOAT status you get in there and dominate your next fight. I’ve had nothing but respect for you over all these years. Don’t change that now. You’re better than this

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It sucks when you have to hear someone you’ve always shown respect to sit and talk foolishness. But that’s the nature of the game these days.

Saying steroids change more than physical performance. “Make you more creative and hungry”. Do you know how crazy that sounds? I guess brain damage is real out here.

Saying PED metabolites threw a kick? Come on man. It’s called training and identifying a weakness. So much in fact I told him to his face it was coming and then landed it. That’s called execution.

How about rather than campaigning for GOAT status you get in there and dominate your next fight. I’ve had nothing but respect for you over all these years. Don’t change that now. You’re better than this – Jon Jones responding to Georges St-Pierre on Instagram. 

What do you make of this exchange between Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/1/2018.