LOS ANGELES (AP) – UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson already wasn’t a big fan of Jon Jones, and the champion’s positive drug test for cocaine use only reinforced the Swedish contender’s opinions.
“I think it’s really bad for the sport,” Gustafsson said Tuesday. “It’s bad for the organization. … He’s a role model. He (has) to face the consequences of what he’s done.”
Gustafsson (16-2) lost a thrilling unanimous decision to Jones in September 2013, and he is in line for the next shot at the champion if he beats Anthony Johnson (18-4) in Stockholm next weekend.
But Gustafsson and Phil Davis, his training partner and fellow 205-pound contender, were surprised and confused by Jones’ positive test for cocaine metabolites this month. Jones made an immediate trip to drug rehabilitation following his victory over Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 and the subsequent revelation of the results from a test taken a month before the fight.