Jon Jones PED test fail confirmed

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Late last month UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for PEDs at UFC 214. The drug in question was reportedly 4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone, known popularly as Turinabol, an anabolic steroid. Jones’ manager Malki Kawa released a brief statement:

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.

The B sample that Kawa referenced above has come back and Brett Okamoto for ESPN reports that it, too, was positive, as predicted.

“Mr. Jones ‘B’ sample has confirmed the ‘A’ sample findings,” said a USADA spokesperson. “Importantly — as previously stated — due process should occur before drawing any conclusions about this matter.”

Jones can still contest the finding with the California State Athletic Commission, which is likely to take the lead, although USADA too will likely be determining a suitable punishment, which could be a suspension of up to four years, if Jones is found guilty.

If Jones is found guilty, the fighter is likely to again lose his title, and have his win vs. Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 changed to a No Contest.

Much has been made of a blood test that Jones passed on July 29, the day of the fight, just one day after the failed test. However, the second test was a blood test, and did not test for Turinabol.

The fighter has posted a series of cryptic messages on his social network over the past couple of weeks.

FOX Sports tweeted the obvious question.

This is only the latest in a series of personal failings on Jones’s part, including a prior doping test failure. UFC president Dana White long ago said that only person who could beat Jon Jones is Jon Jones. And he has.