Manager: 95% chance Jones returns this year, if …

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jon Jones, arguably the best fighter in UFC history, tested positive for metabolites from the steroid Turinabol in a test administered on July 28, 2017. The next day he defeated then-champion Daniel Cormier; only later did the test results come back.

It’s no secret that the Turinabol metabolite M3 that Jones tested for can be detected for 45 to 60 days, or more. Jones passed tests for Turinabol and its metabolites on July 6 and July 7. So Turinabol entered Jones’ system between July 8 and July 28. However, given the window for Turinabol metabolites, you wouldn’t take the PED knowing for certain you were going be tested at the end of the month – given that this is Jones second infraction, it’s professional suicide.

So the failure doesn’t make sense, unless Jones is given to utter irrationality. The fighter is currently provisionally suspended, and has had his title stripped. USADA is investigating, and the California State Athletic Commission has take the lead overall.

Jones’ manager Malki Kawa spoke recently with Luke Thomas and said he thought Jones would fight this year, with a caveat.

“By the end of this month, I think we get some clarity as far as what’s going on,” said Kawa, as transcribed by Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly. “We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well.

“Hopefully, it all works out that way. If it doesn’t, I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like.”

 

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any type of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because obviously it’s on-going.

“I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance [he fights in 2018].”

If Jones is found to be fully culpable, he potentially faces up to four years of suspension.