UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has found himself in another load of hot water after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the second time in his storied mixed martial arts career.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirmed the presence of a banned substance in Jones’ system following his rematch victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier back at UFC 214 in late July in Anaheim, California.
Jones and his team were informed that he had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol on July 28th, the day before he knocked out Cormier to regain his light heavyweight crown. Unfortunately for Cormier, the news came too late, with USADA only announcing the positive test following the bout.
“Mr Jones ‘B’ sample has confirmed the ‘A’ sample findings,” a spokesperson for USADA said. “Importantly — as previously stated — due process should occur before drawing any conclusions about this matter.”
Jones requested that his “B” sample, or second sample, be tested to ensure that he had indeed tested positive for the steroid, and strongly denies taking the substance knowingly. Jones and his team are now seeking to investigate whether perhaps he had ingested a tainted supplement in the lead up to the bout.
The UFC has already been forced to pull Jones once before from a championship fight, when he tested positive for anti-estrogenic substances back in July 2016. Jones denied taking the substances knowingly, claiming they had been contained in a contaminated sexual performance pill he had taken. He was given a one-year suspension for his negligence.
My life is Yours, let Your will be done.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2017
Jones is now staring down the barrel of a maximum four-year ban for his second positive test containing performance enhancers, but he is still able to appeal the decision. Jones passed multiple out of competition tests during the lead up to his bout at UFC 214 but failed his urine test on July 28th, just one day before he defeated his rival Cormier. A blood test taken on July 29th was passed by Jones, but blood tests do not test for the presence of Turinabol.
Jones admonished Cormier in July for accusing him of steroid use, saying it was “one of the most insulting things you can do to a guy who’s accomplished the things [he’s] accomplished.”
You gotta live with tomorrow despite how you're feeling today
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 11, 2017
With it now being confirmed that Jones has tested positive for the second time to a performance enhancing substance, it seems likely that the UFC will strip him once more of his light heavyweight title.
Stay tuned as more news unfolds.