USADA Confirmed That Jon Jones Tested For The First Time Of 2018
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones still sitting on the bench awaiting resolution on his case with USADA and faces a maximum of four years of suspension. That stems from his bout at UFC 214 last year, when he knocked out Daniel Cormier via third-round head kick. Later that win turned to no contested after the revelation that Jones tested positive for the banned substance Turinabol in a sample collected the day of weigh-ins.
This incident marks the second (USADA) United States Anti-Doping Agency failed test of Jones, that tarnished his GOAT status. All this time, Jones maintained his innocence and said he didn’t ingest the PEDs intentionally. His team kept saying in the media that Bones may have unintentionally taken the banned substance via a tainted supplement and hoping that former champion will return to Octagon soon.
According to USADA’s official website shows that Jones has been tested for the first time this month.
He also posted a video on social media; it shows he’s been training in his garage, looks noticeably bulkier than before.
“Got to break in my new garage tonight, home gym coming soon 👊🏾 Shout out to my friends at @RVCA and @everlast for the gear🤙🏾”
The last person who shed the light on this matter is UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky when he spoke on Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
“It would not make a lot of sense for an individual, a UFC athlete, especially a championship contender like Jon Jones who knew, ‘I’m tested quite regularly in this program’ – it would not make a lot of sense that that would be your drug of choice if you’re trying to cheat.
“I think it’s come out after the fact that USADA did another test on Jon a month or two months after his positive test, and he was negative. So that would be indicative that the prohibited substance entered his system sometime after July 7th or 8th, and that was likely a pretty small amount and that cleared his system pretty quickly.”
“Again, who knows where it plays out? But on the surface of things, at this point in the game with that type of information out there, it wouldn’t indicate intentional use. That could be wrong. I don’t know that definitively, and we’ll see how this plays out.”
Over the past few months, Jones has been posting his training video and positive messages on social media and the decision of his career are expected anytime soon, so there is nothing wrong in assuming that he’s foreshadowing his return.
Does this data show Jones return to Octagon is imminent? However, that remains to be seen.