While former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, is not eligible to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA), he must still adhere to the promotion’s drug testing policy while on provisional suspension.
That means unannounced visits from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the same governing body responsible for finding Turinabol in his system during a mandatory UFC 214 drug screening earlier this year.
And Jones is returning negative results.
USADA still testing Jon Jones, as case pends. Records show he was tested 4th quarter of 2017. I'm told it was 10/11, results were clean.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 24, 2017
“Bones” also came back clean for this test.
Unfortunately for the embattled pound-for-pound great, the benefit of the doubt eludes him. Probably because of previous drug-test fiascos (like this one) that sent Jones to the sidelines back in summer 2016.
Despite going down in flames at UFC 214, longtime rival Daniel Cormier was able to reclaim the crown after Jones was stripped and sent to the sidelines, perhaps for as much as four years.
A formal hearing -- which will determine Jones’ fate — is expected later this year.