Exclusive: Gegard Mousasi Happy Jon Jones' Suspension Was Shortened, Won't Fight Machida Without Drug Test


Gegard Mousasi has made his presence felt as a heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight, but Saturday, takes on Bellator's Welterweight Champion in Rory MacDonald. It would appear that the veteran Mousasi has his opinions on fighters across all of those.

The United States Anti Doping Association is the talk of the town these days, and Mousasi thinks drug testing could be the difference in him taking on an old foe in Lyoto Machida. "The Dragon" defeated Mousasi back in 2014, but has had his issues with drug testing in recent years. 

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"If we fight, he needs blood and urine testing or I'm not going to fight him. Let's see how he shows up against Carvalho. Maybe he shows up with a six-pack again. Against Vitor Belfort he looked fat and sloppy. If he suddenly has a six-pack, he's on something," said Mousasi. 

It's worth noting that the substance Machida tested positive for doesn't actually increase testosterone or turn into anything that increases testosterone.

Machida wasn't as lucky as perennial offender Jon Jones, who was given a 15-month suspension by USADA after failing a second drug test. Mousasi, however, doesn't seem to mind.

"I think it's great he's coming back, he's one of the best if not the best. People want to see him. Not everyone gets fair treatment. If it's someone else, they probably get four years. That's USADA's fault. I'm happy that he's fighting. Great fights to see, why not?" said Mousasi.

Why not? That was asked by Fightful's James Lynch, who reminded Mousasi of his comments immediately prior about Machida.

"Even Machida got caught for something stupid. I didn't think Machida's suspension should have been that harsh. He got two years, I believe. Like I said, life is not fair. Different people get different treatment. How much money you make, if you're a champion," said Mousasi.

In the full interview, Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) discusses his upcoming title defense against Rory MacDonald (20-4) at Bellator 206 on Sept. 29. 

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