The fall out continues regarding Jon Jones pre-UFC 182 drug test, and one of the latest figures to weigh in on the situation, is UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis.
“Showtime” recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about Jones, who as you all know, tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to his January 3rd scrap with Daniel Cormier. The light-heavyweight champ has entered a rehab program, and since the news broke, it has dominated headlines throughout the MMA world (for understandable reasons.).
When asked for his initial reaction regarding the news, Pettis reportedly said the following:
“I was surprised by it, but at the same time… man, he’s only human,” Pettis said. “You’re put in these situations, you’re put in these bad situations in front of people who expose you to that kind of stuff. It takes a strong person to say no to that stuff.”
Pettis went on to add that these “bad situations” come as a result of “decisions”, and that athletes are exposed to drugs frequently, if they allow themselves to be. The 27 year-old also relayed:
“For me growing up, I grew up in the ghetto, so if somebody who’s not doing as good as me in life said, ‘hey, try this out, it’ll make you do this or feel this way,’ [the answer is,] nah, you’re not living as good a life as I am. But then if somebody who’s doing better than you in life offers you it — it’s kinda how it’s presented to you. When you’re in this position, you meet all these successful people and all these people who are doing big things and have people looking up to them, and it’s just there. It’s just there and you have to know how to say no to it.”
The highlight reel striker also extended his support to Jones and noted that he’s witnessed first hand how drugs can ruin people’s lives. As of right now, it remains to be seen whether Jones will face any type of disciplinary action from the UFC, which has also said it will support the star while he undergoes a drug treatment program.
As far as Pettis goes, recently the promotion announced that he will fight Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 on March 14th. That card will go down in Dallas, Texas. Pettis is coming off a second round, submission win over Gilbert Melendez in December.
Dos Anjos, meanwhile, is coming off a dominant, decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 13, and has won three straight fights.