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NSAC: Jon Jones popped twice ahead of UFC 235, cleared to fight anyway

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Pulsed, popped, failed, flagged ... call it whatever you want, the point is, Jon Jones is still pissing hot for Turinabol metabolites. In fact, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder returned positive for two of the five drug tests administered ahead of his mixed martial arts (MMA) return.

But those pesky “picograms” appear to be leftovers from his UFC 214 juice cleanse.

That’s according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which granted Jones a one-fight license to compete under the condition that he underwent rigorous drug testing from the governing body, as well as the folks at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).

It’s never a good look when every story about you comes with a dozen acronyms. With that in mind, I will now reveal how Jones had his samples analyzed by the Sports Medicine and Research Laboratory (SMRTL), which is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Here's the breakdown of Jones’ most recent tests:

Feb. 1: No adverse analytical findings (USADA)
Feb. 9: No adverse analytical findings (VADA Calif.)
Feb. 14: Adverse analytical finding: DHCMT M3 detected 40 pg/mL (NSAC)
Feb. 15: Adverse analytical finding: DHCMT M3 detected 20 pg/mL (NSAC)
Feb. 18: No adverse analytical findings (VADA Nev.)
Feb. 23: Results pending (USADA)

“Dr. Daniel Eichner, President and Laboratory Director of SMRTL, reviewed the above investigative reports and determined that they show no evidence that dehydrocholormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) has been re-administered,” NSAC wrote in today’s Email. “Dr. Eichner further provided that there is no scientific or medical evidence that the athlete (Jones) would have an unfair advantage leading up to, or for, his contest scheduled on March 2, 2019.”

That means Jones is cleared to defend his title against top light heavyweight contender, Anthony Smith, in the UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this Sat. night (March 2, 2019) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For much more on that upcoming fight click here.

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