Following a win at UFC 214, which was widely praised as one of his greatest performances to date, Jon Jones has been informed of a potential doping violation.
Jones reclaimed the light-heavyweight title on July 29th, by taking out his rival Daniel Cormier in round three. “Bones” was returning from a one year suspension he had received, after he tested positive for banned substances last year (Jones’ team was able to prove that a sexual performance enhancement pill he took included the substances, which is why he received only a one year suspension).
Late on Tuesday, the UFC posted the statement below:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.
Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
TMZ is reporting that sources have told them that Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid,turinabol. The outlet also reported that Jones has been stripped of the title, but it’s been reported since that Dana White has denied that’s the case.
It remains to be seen how this plays out, obviously, but barring a successful appeal, Jones could be facing a lengthy suspension. The renowned and controversial, 30 year-old fighter, has fought just three times since 2014, as a result of his aforementioned suspension and a highly publicized, hit-and-run incident.