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Farah Hannoun

Daniel Cormier takes issue with USADA testing Jon Jones only sparingly compared to Jiri Prochazka

Daniel Cormier doesn’t see how it makes any sense that Jiri Prochazka has been drug-tested 16 times the amount Jon Jones has this year.

According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency database, Prochazka is the most tested UFC fighter in 2022 after submitting a whopping 64 urine samples. Jones, on the other hand, has been tested only four times this year while he’s remained inactive since February 2020 and continued preparing for his heavyweight debut expected early next year.

Prochazka never has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, whereas Jones has multiple times and served USADA suspensions for his infractions. Based on their history, Cormier says it’s not fair.

“One of the reasons with Jon Jones was that he was gonna get to come back, but he was gonna be the most tested guy in USADA,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel. “They were gonna be on him. They were gonna make sure that he didn’t have picograms or any of that stuff. Where are his damn tests? I mean, why is he not the most tested? Why are you testing Jiri Prochazka more than you’re testing this guy who has a history of having these types of issues? That makes no sense.”

He continued, “We have a guy who has a history of drug abuse that got tested a third of the months of the year. That’s not fair. That’s not random.”

Prochazka, who recently vacated his light heavyweight title after suffering a severe shoulder injury, said on “The MMA Hour” that USADA’s visits have become a lot less frequent since he relinquished the belt.

Cormier doesn’t agree with that, either.

“I’m saying test him more – not more than 65 times, that’s excessive. But test him more when he’s not the champ and when he’s not competing,” Cormier said. “Because guys are more inclined to cheat when they’re away from the spotlight. So I don’t get how USADA can test a guy so much as the champion, but the moment he walks away, they don’t test him at all.”

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