Francis Ngannou was going to fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 215, but the bout was canceled after JDS was notified of a potential USADA violation.
Ngannou has since set his sights on UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and he is unsure if the former champion is innocent or guilty of the potential USADA violation.
“I cannot say yes I believe it, but I cannot judge him,” Ngannou said on The MMA Hour. “This is a situation that can happen to everyone because (the supplement sponsors) are going to give you a little check or whatever, like $1000, $2000, and they give them products, they just took it and don’t check it. Sometimes, they even go (find it on their own), they really don’t check, so this can happen to everyone. But I could not say Junior is guilty or innocent.”
Dos Santos has proclaimed his innocence since the potential violation was first announced.
The heavyweight contender also admits that he doesn’t take any supplements, that was he can avoid the problems that JDS is going through.
“That’s why sometimes I think about how to take supplements, but I don’t do it,” Ngannou said. “I never took supplements because maybe something’s wrong and they’ll just say, ‘Yes, Ngannou did this, Ngannou failed a drug test,’ and no fighter wants to have that in their career.”
No punishments of any kind have been announced yet for Dos Santos, as his team recently stated that they want the supplements he was taken tested for the illegal substances.