Talk about convenient timing.
Just over two weeks away from his Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing on Jan. 29, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, tested negative for performance-enhancing drugs, as well as drugs of abuse in last month’s UFC 232 fight night exam.
That’s according to a report from ESPN.
Jones was tested by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), as well as United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Soon, he’ll be forced to pee for Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) as part of his agreement to compete at UFC 232.
If that seems like overkill; well, it is, but those are the sorts of hoops one must jump through after failing a bunch of drug tests and outraging the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base (and fighter base) with so much pre-fight drama.
After smashing Alexander Gustafsson to reclaim his crown, Jones will make a quick turnaround — assuming NSAC will rubber stamp his license — at the upcoming UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, where top light heavyweight contender, Anthony Smith, will be waiting.
Along with a couple of 12-panel cups.