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Jon Jones Responds After Miesha Tate Says She’s Done Following Him

Jon Jones responds after Miesha Tate says she's lost faith in him and can no longer deal with the circus surrounding his career

Following his hearing before the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, former UFC champion Miesha Tate says she’s finally lost faith in Jon Jones and can’t follow his  career any longer.

Tate spoke about Jones on her Sirius XM show on Wednesday where she admitted that this latest incident where the former UFC light heavyweight champion tested positive for steroids was finally the straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to her support for him.

Tate says she’s given Jones numerous second chances to restore her faith in him, but this latest incident was just one time too many for her to show support for him any longer.

“The thing is, I don’t really care at this point if he comes back because I’ve lost the motivation and the interest, and the faith that I have in Jon Jones has been lost,” Tate said. “Now maybe in three, four years, if he gets a great suspension [from the USADA], if he gets the book thrown at him and he really does make those changes, maybe he has a chance at restoring [his legacy], but at this point I just don’t care anymore. I don’t care. I’m over Jon Jones. I’m done with it.

“I don’t want to hear his sob story. I felt sorry for the first, second time he kind of had me. But it’s like, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I mean, come on, am I waiting for a fourth now? I just don’t — I’m over it.”

Jones left his meeting with the California Commission with a $205,000 fine as well as having his license revoked. Jones could technically re-apply for a license in California as early as August but he still has to deal with USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) on his positive drug test.

Because Jones previously violated the UFC’s anti-doping policy in 2016 when he tested positive for a pair of banned substances that earned him a one year suspension from the sport, USADA could issue a sanction up to four years for this second infraction.

Whether he returns this year or come back four years from now, Tate wishes nothing but the best for Jones but she just can’t offer him support any longer.

“I’m over it. I wish and I hope that it does change Jon jones and I hope but I’m also not invested in Jon Jones anymore. I guess that’s what it is,” Tate said. “I’m just kind of checked out at this point. It’s just been too many times, too many instances and I’ve heard this story one, two, three, four, five times already. It’s like unless he shows me something different than just saying ‘I’m a changed man’, he’s got to do a lot more to gain me back as a fan and to care to see him compete again.

“I just don’t want to be let down again.”

For his part, Jones responded to Tate over Twitter after hearing her comments and losing her as a fan.

“I don’t quit when things get tough for me, I get stronger,” Tate said. “You just wait and see, maybe you’ll even find motivation in it. Sucks I lost you as a fan. Enjoy retirement sister.”


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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.