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UPDATED: Jon Jones Fails UFC 214 Drug Test – Not Stripped of Title Yet

August 22, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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UPDATE: Dana White has denied the initial report that Jon Jones has been stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title yet. White acknowledged Jones’ failed drug test.

Jones’ camp said in a 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.”

ORIGINAL: Jon Jones has been stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title after testing positive for an anabolic steroid relating to his UFC 214 win. TMZ Sports reports that Jones tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid in a test related to his fight with Daniel Cormier. Jones defeated Cormier to win the championship; TMZ reports that the title will be returned to Cormier.

This is Jones’ second failed USADA drug test. He received a one-year ban for testing positive before his fight with Cormier at UFC 200.

The UFC has issued a statement on Jones’ failure, which reads:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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