Gustaffson’s Team Express Displeasure With Jones’ Latest Positive Drug Test
On Wednesday news emerged that UFC’s most controversial fighter Jon Jones latest drug test came back positive for traces of long-term oral Turinabol metabolite, a test administered by Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) on the day of UFC 232 weigh-ins last month.
Many experts and scientist maintain that Jones who went on to defeat the Gustafsson at UFC 232 didn’t reingest the substance again. Instead, it’s the same steroid metabolite that lightweight champion had previously tested positive for at UFC 214, which led to a 15-month suspension.
Previously UFC President Dana White said that Jones didn’t do anything wrong after atypical finding showed a trace amount of Turinabol which led UFC officials to move an entire UFC 232 event from Las Vegas to California on one week’s notice to keep the main headliner intact.
That’s not the first case of steroids as Jones has previously suspended twice for drug test failures.
California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and USADA also drug tested Jon on the night of UFC 232 however, all of them came back clean.
Some fight fans and pro fighters also express their anger on social media, and now Alexander Gustafsson’s team is pissed that Jones tested positive after UFC 232 event. (h/t MMAFighting)
“The inconclusive and inconsistent results that are repeatedly occurring with Jon Jones, at the very least, should compel our industry to have a greater, deeper, and more impartial discussion about the legitimacy of Jon’s defense. Jon has gone out publicly boasting when some of his results come back negative. However, he remains silent when his test results come back positive. You can not have it both ways and cherry-pick the results that are favorable for you, and insist that we disregard the results that go against your interests.
“Jon has essentially received a use exemption on a strict liability violation. The science is not certain on the defense he has taken. Furthermore, science is always in a state of change. So the science we rely on today is different than the science we relied on from just a few years ago. It will probably change again going forward. Jones is also creating a precedent that will go beyond his personal interests in the sense that now other fighters will also seek use exemptions on a strict liability violation based on an issue that the science community is still divided on. It’s an absolute mess.”
Jones who’s scheduled to face Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March but before that he needs to meet NSAC to discuss a series of drug test results conducted by (USADA).