Ali Abdelaziz Blasts USADA For UFC 232 Mess

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This weekends UFC 232 event was moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Inglewood, California after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) found an abnormality in Jon Jones’ drug test.

Ali Abdelaziz is a manager for many of the UFC’s biggest starts and he is putting the United States Anti-Doping (USADA) agency on blast for how the whole situation surrounding UFC 232 went.

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“USADA’s a joke; USADA is fake,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie Radio. “Everything the UFC is saying has been right. Whatever beef between him [sic] and Jon Jones is between them. Jon Jones is one of the best fighters ever, but stuff like that will haunt your legacy. Everybody follows Nevada. The UFC always follows Nevada, but now you have another commissioner, they don’t follow Nevada or they go against what Nevada do. The UFC becomes so big, and they control so many different areas in the sport and outside the sport, you can’t knock them for (relocating UFC 232).”

Jones had previously failed two drug tests before this situation came out, with the first happening before UFC 200 and the other in line with UFC 214.

Abdelaziz would even go as far as to challenge the integrity of the drug testing organization.

“I don’t like USADA,” Abdelaziz said. “Why even have USADA if you’re not going to even follow? You can’t give some guys a pass if you’re going to give some guys, like (Frank) Mir … two years. Some of my guys have tainted supplements, and they get two years, and other guys, they get six months. What’s the guidelines? You have to follow the same rules. Everyone thinks Jeff Novitzky, he’s the USADA. Jeff Novitzky works for the UFC. He doesn’t work for USADA. But UFC, they pay the bills. I don’t know how much integrity USADA has.”

UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, December 29 from The Forum in Inglewood, California with Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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