Jon Jones has tested positive for steroids in his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, last month in Anaheim, California, UFC president Dana White said.
Jon Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol.
Jon Jones won the July 29 fight — taking the UFC light heavyweight belt from Cormier with a savage head kick followed by a barrage of punishing punches to Cormier’s head. Jon Jones will now go through the disciplinary process and his title could be stripped, which would make the fight a “no contest” and the title would go back to Cormier.
Jon Jones (23-1) didn’t just screw up his career this time around, a recurring theme over the last three years, he messed with the career (and health) of Cormier, an honorable former champion who spent the majority of his reign either chasing Jones or having his identity as champion consumed by the fact that he never beat him.
Jones’ camp released a statement Tuesday, saying, “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.”
This is the second failed drug test of Jones’ tumultuous career. The UFC was forced to pull Jones from a scheduled headliner against Cormier just days before UFC 200 in July 2016, after he tested positive for anti-estrogenic agents. Jones later told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that failed test was the result of an unmarked sexual enhancement pill. Jones served a one-year suspension for the failed test. Before that, the UFC stripped him of his title in 2015 after he was arrested on hit-and-run charges. He is the only UFC champion to be stripped of a title because of disciplinary reasons.
This time around, Jon Jones could be banned for up to 4 years.
UFC president Dana White said ” “I always know what to say. I don’t know what to say about this one,” a somber White told reporters Tuesday, calling the news “unbelievable.”
“If he ends up getting two or three [years], it might be the end of his career,” White said Tuesday. “How old is Jon now? 30? And he’d be 33, 34 trying to make a comeback again? You look at what could have been and what he could’ve done — it’s sad.”
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