Add fan favorite UFC welterweight Matt Brown onto the long list of fighters disappointed with the way the UFC handled the repeated anomalies found on the recent drug tests of Jon Jones.
Speaking to the media backstage at Bellator 214 over the weekend, Brown gave his take on the situation, and he did not mince words.
“Like I tweeted out, it was very disgusting to me the way that went down,” Brown said (via BloodyElbow) “Apparently, he tested positive again, right? So we have another positive test.”
Matt Brown continued:
“I think it’s a lack of integrity man, and I just want to see the sport grow with integrity,” he said. “It should be about what the martial arts is; it should be about the best competing against the best and things like that.
“It’s just f—ng terrible, man. I can’t understand why – if they’re gonna let him do it, let him do it, right? Why not let us all do steroids, whatever. People are just gonna do it. Otherwise, ban these sons of b-tches, you know?
“Either you can do it or you can’t,” he added. “Why are we in this gray area? It’s garbage.”
While Matt Brown insists he still loves the UFC, he could not contain his distaste with this issue.
“I love the UFC to death, man, and I have so much respect for every single one of those guys,” Brown said. “I think it was just a poor decision at that point. They’ve been (in existence) for almost 30 years now, the UFC. You’re gonna make some bad decisions, and I think that was a bad decision.
“It just takes away from it and it really makes me sad because I want to see our sport grow with integrity and organically, but that’s what it is. They’ve got to make some money so who am I to say anything?”
What do you think of Matt Brown’s take on the Jon Jones situation?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/28/2019.