Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones was notified earlier today by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) that he had failed a drug test administered prior to his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.
Now, the “Bones” camp has released an official statement regarding the blockbuster news (via MMA Fighting):
We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team to support him.
According to this report, Jones tested positive for the steroid turinabol.
The news is devastating in more ways than one, as the win was Jones’ first after serving a one-year suspension for failing a drug test prior to his scheduled showdown against “DC” at UFC 200 in July 2016.
Should USADA decide to drop the hammer, Jones could be out of action for two years, if not longer, seeing as how it is his second such infraction. It’s a huge black eye for Jones’ legacy, as he has long been considered the best fighter to ever grace the Octagon, though he could never seem to get out of his own way.
To see what UFC officials had to say on the matter click here.