The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones stripped his UFC title shortly after the knockout win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 as he tested positive for banned substance turinabol metabolites in a drug test run by USADA.
Even though Jon Jones defeated Cormier via knockout in the third round, but the result was reversed by NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission). Ever since Jon Jones sample A with USADA came out positive now everyone looking out for his sample B results.
Unfortunately, Jon Jones sample B came out positive as well, but mysteriously he was fine during preparations for the bout. Second negligence doesn’t look good in the eyes of USADA.
As per UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, Jeff Novitzky states that Jon Jones might get little punishment if his team proves that his positive test resulted from taking tainted supplements by accidently.
“Jon tested positive from a sample collection done weigh in day before the UFC event in Anaheim that was in July. Basically he was just coming off a one year suspension. The previous suspension went to arbitration. So you had three different independent arbitrators looking at it. All of them ruled that he did not purposely use anything to enhance his performance. But, they also ruled that he operated with careless and wreckless disregard for what he took and ended up getting contaminated. So there was really no reduction in sanction and so he got a one year sanction from that previous one. Now unfortunately on this one, because of that previous sanction, he’s now looking at a second sanction which would basically double your penalty. The substance that he tested positive for was a metabolite of an anabolic steroid.”
Jeff Novitzky continues, Jon Jones might get out of this hiatus without any suspension:
“That was a substance where a few years ago would only be detectable for a few days within the system. Now laboratories have found longtime metabolites tests, where metabolites can be detected four maybe up to six months after use. However, Jon [Jones] submitted clean tests on July 6 and July 7 of 2017. His positive test was from July 29. A simple Google search would show you that this substance, it’s detection window has now moved out from four to six months. So, it doesn’t make a lot of sense that anybody with any level of sophistication would choose to use this drug. I had to have been used after July 7, or entered his system after July 7. It would not make sense to go to this drug because of the multi-month detection window. So, that would leave me to believe that it was probably from non-purposeful ingestion.”
Jeff said, Jon Jones continues to prove his innocence, and we want to assist him in that matter:
“So where we are at is that Jon’s team is working hard. We (the UFC) are assisting them wherever we can to try to determine how this substance got into his system. Sometimes that is not a quick process. It can take weeks, if not months of testing supplements and retracing your steps.
“Best case scenario is if he (Jones) can prove that this (substance) thing came from something that was not high risk.”
So what you think about this latest update on Jon Jones? Do you think he will recover his title?