Perhaps the greatest mixed marital arts (MMA) talent ever, Jon Jones, has once again failed a United States Doping Agency (USADA)-administered test in the wake of his sensational third round technical knockout victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which took place last month (July 29, 2017) inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
TMZ.com was the first to pass along the frustrating news, adding that Jones will once again be stripped of the undisputed Light Heavyweight title and it will go back to Cormier. Company president Dana White, though, pumped the breaks on the belt strip, telling ESPN.com that it is not official ... yet:
CONFIRMED with Dana White: Jon Jones failed drug test at UFC 214. Per White, he hasn't been formally stripped of title yet. Wow.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 23, 2017
Jones, reportedly, tested positive the day before the fight for turinabol, a banned substance (steroid) that, according to MMAFighting.com, “carries a two-year suspension from USADA for first-time offenders and longer for multiple-time offenders.” Jones, of course, returned to fight Cormier after a year-long, USADA-mandated suspension for ingesting “dick pills.”
Let’s not forget that before that Jones entered “rehab” because of his recreational cocaine use and partying, which resulted in a hit-and-run arrest in New Mexico. In the build up to his rematch with Cormier, Jones even joked about his recreational drug use, telling Cormier that he beat him “after a weekend of cocaine.” Jones, though, always seemed to take it personal when he was suspected and/or accused of using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) such as steroids, complaining that it was an “attack on his character.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has issued a formal response (read it here), reminding everyone that “there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.” Jones and Cormier, meanwhile, have not released official statements/reactions at this time.
Meanwhile, so much for that Brock Lesnar fight.