The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was flipped upside-down last night (Tues., Aug, 22, 2017) when news broke that Jon Jones failed drug test administered by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) one day before his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.
Naturally, many of the sport’s top stars and personalities took to Twitter to express their feel goods following the unexpected news:
I will wait before the details are in before I comment, but I will say that I hope this is some… https://t.co/30ttLDrqgv— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) August 23, 2017
I hope @JacksonWinkMMA is done throwing rocks my way. #ufc219 #CyborgVHolm @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2 let's announce this!— #UFC219 CyborgVHolm (@criscyborg) August 23, 2017
This is just the setup to Jones vs Lesnar. https://t.co/jEWMP0m6CW— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) August 23, 2017
Jon Jones has now ruined the legacy of two of all-time great LHW fighters in @UFC/history. His own (obviously) and D.C.'s (*) #UFC— Sean O'Connell (@realOCsports) August 23, 2017
Jon Jones tests positive for steroids and is stripped of his title!?! Goes back to Cormier? #Disappointed— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 23, 2017
Well Jon jones got caught again for steroids. He's been juices for years even when he fought me. What a cheater. I'm glad there's no rematch— Matt Hamill (@hammer_hamill) August 23, 2017
Dana says they were looking at Jones vs. Miocic in Detroit before today's news.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) August 23, 2017
Jon Jones: So gifted physically and mentally. So flawed and inexplicably insecure. Such a sad story. But hard to feel sorry for him.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 23, 2017
— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) August 23, 2017
What a fucking douche https://t.co/1UCLXVSTAa
.@NateDiaz209 has released a statement pic.twitter.com/EcUcq3vWFZ— UFC Insiders (@UFCInsiders) August 23, 2017
Welp jones jones lol biggest wast of talent popped again! Get the fuck out dude. Stick a fork in em he's done.— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) August 23, 2017
@JonnyBones is a good guy!!! There are many sides to this conflict! #FakeNews— Jordan Johnson (@doublejmma) August 23, 2017
@dc_mma Looks like you get your belt back, congrats! Are you ready for No Time ⌚️?— Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) August 23, 2017
.@JonnyBones pissed hot again?... What a shocker. #toldyouso— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 23, 2017
Tainted supplement excuse in 321— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) August 23, 2017
I never claimed to be a role model. I just live my life, and eat every taco that passes in front of me. I'm not proud, but it's my life. https://t.co/sUWXKMbDfp— Jon Jones (@jonjones) August 23, 2017
RT I wonder how long the UFC knew about the failed test results before they announce it? We need @MMAFA & AliAct2MMA https://t.co/bX9jrvxHmn— Cung Le (@CungLe185) August 23, 2017
According to Malki Kawa — long-time manager to Jon Jones -- “Bones” was “crushed” upon hearing the news and the team is looking into the possibility of a tainted supplement being the culprit.
Jones now faces up to a four-year suspension since it’s his second infraction in just over a year’s time. His knockout win over Cormier at UFC 214 was his first bout after serving a one-year suspension for his failed drug test, which ultimately scrapped his scheduled fight vs. “DC” at UFC 200.
Jones has long proclaimed he has stayed far way from performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), while Cormier has always accused his bitter rival of taking steroids throughout his career. And after this latest infraction, it’s kind of hard to side with “Bones.”