Jon Jones' Comeback Fight Moved After More Drug Test Issues

Sherman Parsons
December 25, 2018

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it got notice Thursday that urine samples from a December 9 test showed Jones had what the agency called an extremely small amount of an anabolic steroid metabolite in his system.

Jones himself took to Twitter to defend himself, saying: 'I'm focused on achieving my ultimate goal of reclaiming my Light Heavyweight title. But because he was so confident Jones was innocent of any fresh wrongdoing, the decision was made to move UFC 232 to just outside Los Angeles and ensure the card remained as is. Meanwhile, ticketholders for the Las Vegas event are entitled to a full refund.

Unfortunately, this bout was quickly ruled a no contest when it was announced Jones had failed a drug test.

"This will allow for a measured, thoughtful, and comprehensive discussion of his anti-doping testing protocol and results and provide an opportunity for the NSAC to determine the appropriate path forward for him in Nevada", the commission statement read.

"Jon Jones has trained for this fight", he said.

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Cormier tweeted: 'He tested positive again!' while fellow fighter Ben Askren turned the spotlight onto UFC president Dana White, writing: 'Remember that time Dana said Jon Jones would never main event again. um yeah'.

Jeff Novitzky, UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance, has since stated said Jones' positive test is not a USADA violation, but rather the organisation believes the test is a "pulsing" effect from the past positive result and not a new ingestion of the banned substance. If I want to plan a PR for Jon Jones in two months, try pulling that together.

Former world heavyweight champion Frank Mir saw his UFC career ended by a hotly-disputed anti-doping case with USADA, and he sees parallels with Jones' situation, but very different approaches by the anti-doping administrators. I've been feeling the frustration of the fans, I'll do what I can to make it right.

Jones vs. Gustafsson now headlines the new UFC 232 card from Los Angeles with tickets to The Forum going on sale this Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Jon Jones will enter this fight having not fought since July of 2017, when he knocked out Daniel Cormier. It is the same drug that Jones was sanctioned over after testing positive in July a year ago, copping a 15-month ban.

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