Jon Jones hasn’t publicly commented on the potential doping violation he’s been flagged for, but the UFC champ’s agent is vehemently denying “Bones” knowingly took any type of banned substance.
The MMA world was rocked on Tuesday, after it was announced that USADA had informed Jones of a potential doping violation, stemming from a sample that was tested July 28th. Jones fought Daniel Cormier one day later at UFC 214, and finished the latter in round three to reclaim the light-heavyweight crown.
Not long after the UFC’s announcement, Jones’ team released a statement, relaying they were going to have the samples retested “to determine the validity or source of contamination.” Well, more recently, Jones’ agent Malki Kawa, appeared on the latest “MMA Hour”. Kawa confirmed that Jones has tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol, but, he also raised questions as to how that can be, since the fighter passed numerous tests before the 28th (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I can almost bet my life on it that this is another tainted supplement,” Kawa said.
“You’ve got to just take a look at the testing and how this thing went down. Jon passed two (random, out-of-competition) tests, July 6th and July 7th, … and in passing those two tests, they test for all of that stuff we failed for. So therefore, you’re talking about from the day he passed that test until the day before the fight, he would’ve had to have ingested something that would’ve caused this test to come out positive.
“The problem that we’re having with that is that he passes all of the random tests, but then the one test that we know about, the one that we for sure know about, is the one that we fail? So, something here is not sitting right. I’m assuming it’s the supplements we took. We just obviously got to get to work on it, see what was taken that month, that three-week period, that week of the fight, and figure it out from there.”
If Jones’ camp can prove that a tainted substance is behind this failed test, you have to wonder what type of disciplinary action “Bones” might receive. Last year, officials recognized that a tainted sexual performance enhancement pill was behind Jones’ USADA flag, but he still received a one year suspension for not doing his due diligence. So, we might not see Jones back in the Octagon for some time.