Jon Jones Fails UFC 214 Drug Test

TMZ is reporting that champion Jon Jones has failed for a banned substance stemming from his UFC 214 July 29th battle with former champ Daniel Cormier. Numerous news outlets are stating “Bones” has been stripped of the title and Cormier will get it back. TMZ also stated in the same news article the positive test was for a steroid turinabol, which carries a two-year suspension from USADA. This is not the first time Mr. Jones has failed a drug test. Prior to ufc 200 Jon failed for the banned substances clomiphene and letrozol. Fans of Daniel Cormier and the MMA community are shocked by this breaking news and have voiced their dismay on social media. “Bones” has gone through a lot of setbacks in his hall of fame career including a felony hit-and-run arrest and DUI.

Read the statement UFC released regarding this positive test below.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward

 

Jon Jones’s team has also released an official statement regarding this breaking news below

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.

 

Here is a link to watch UFC 214 highlights. There is a growing concern amongst fighters with all of the steroid failures that the UFC may not be doing their due diligence to protect fighters. Hunt vs Brock Lesnar is a startling reminder that loop holes and other exemptions can result in fighters still competing against opponents on PED’s. There have been other controversies over the years such as Vitor Belfort’s positive test and do not forget Cung Le’s mishandled test in China. The growing concern over drug test failures and pay issues could signal a jump in membership in organizations like the MMAFA who are pushing for the Ali act to be used in MMA.