Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed his UFC 214 pre-fight drug test back in July, which returned positive for anabolic steroids (Turinabol) in his scheduled urine screening.
As expected, his B-sample also returned hot.
That overturned his technical knockout win over Daniel Cormier to a “No Contest” and left “Bones” provisionally suspended by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), though it may take several months to secure a disciplinary hearing.
UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, Jeff Novitzky, explains the process to MMA Fighting:
“The headline and corresponding article took excerpts from an interview I did last week, where I was asked about the status of Jon Jones’ pending case. I indicated that Jon’s camp, the UFC and USADA were all working hard and together to determine the source of the prohibited substance in Jon’s system. That is still the case. I stated that this is often a lengthy process that can take up to several months to complete, but that possible sanctions based on the findings of a completed case ranged from a multi-year suspension, to a minimal, or no-fault sanction, if an unavoidable ingestion of the prohibited substance was determined. While all parties are hoping to find evidence of the unintentional or unavoidable use of the prohibited substance, at no time during the interview did I indicate that there were developments leading in that direction, as was the inference of the headline.”
Novitzky was responding to what he claims were “misleading” media reports.
Jones’ “crushed” manager, Malki Kawa, insists Jones was the victim of a tainted supplement and that “Bones,” who already served a previous suspension for contaminated “dick pills,” would never intentionally game the system.
Not everyone is convinced.
For the time being, there isn’t much anyone can do except sit around and comment recklessly. Hopefully Jones can plead his case before the holidays so we can get the UFC light heavyweight division back on its feet.