Jon Jones is definitely not lying when he says he never knowingly took the anabolic steroid turinabol shortly before his UFC 214 fight against Daniel Cormier.
Or at least that’s what a polygraph test the former UFC light heavyweight champ took on December 7th. The test was conducted by PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Jones’ stomping grounds of Albuquerque, New Mexico and submitted to the UFC and USADA. Sources within the UFC leaked the final result to MMA Fighting, and now we have this additional tidbit of data to add to the pile.
It is worth noting that polygraph tests haven’t been considered reliable for decades. Courts of law in the United States don’t accept them any more, and it’s doubtful that USADA will either. But if you happen to be a highly paid athlete looking to sway public opinion and maybe even the opinion of the people inside USADA, a polygraph ain’t bad.
Jones is facing a suspension that could last up to four years as a result of a failed drug test taken on July 28th, one day before he destroyed Daniel Cormier, brutally TKOing him and taking the belt off him in the process. That belt was returned to Cormier after news broke of the drug failure, and now Jones is in the process of building a case to avoid a lengthy forced vacation.
There have been various ‘leaks’ over the past several months, with this or that source implying Jones may not end up receiving a super severe sentence. Even UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky has said the failed drug test points towards some sort of accidental contamination, which could make things less bad for the GOAT contender.