A huge bombshell dropped on Tuesday night that involved Jon Jones.
Unfortunately, the UFC light heavyweight champion failed an in-competition drug test for his title winning performance over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month. As a result of that failed drug test, Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the California Athletic Commission.
There is a ton of uncertainty surrounding Jones as a result of his failed drug test. Jones defeated Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California to regain the title.
As of this writing, it’s unknown what the UFC will end up doing with the title. Most people believe that the promotion will have to strip Jones of the title. The fight will most likely be overturned to a no contest, but it all depends on the adjudication process by both USADA and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Jones, who is 30-years-old, became the youngest UFC champion in the MMA (mixed martial arts) promotion’s history. He is now facing up to a four-year suspension since this is his second failed drug test under USADA. If you recall, the UFC champion tested positive for two banned substances (clomiphene and letrozol) before his fight with Cormier at UFC 200 in July 2016.
Following the fallout of the news, Jones’ manager Malki Kawa and his camp provided a statement to MMA Fighting. It’s a pretty simple statement, which noted that Jones’ samples would be re-tested for validity or to see if it came from anything tainted. You can read the entire statement here:
“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 UFC has two options here. They could and most likely award Cormier the title due to Jones technically not beating him, and he will go onto defend it. The second option is if Cormier decides to retire as an active MMA competitor and they will need to have two fighters fight for the vacant title. Time will tell how all of this plays out.
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