Unsurprisingly, Jon Jones finds himself in the middle of a drug testing controversy yet again, and many UFC fighters are sick and tired of it.
Jones was supposed to be facing Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event of UFC 232 next Saturday in Las Vegas.
However, due to Bones failing another drug test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the Nevada Athletic Commission will not be issued a license by the commission to compete in the Sin City. Therefore, UFC has moved UFC 232 to Los Angeles in order to accommodate him.
A drug test on December 9 by the USADA revealed Jones had a trace amount of Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), or Turinabol, in his system. This isn't the only time he has tested positive for this substance.
Bones tested positive for this substance in back 2017 and a UFC 214 title win over longtime rival Daniel Cormier was nullified and he had his title stripped and was suspended for 15 months as a result.
Despite testing positive, USADA noted in their statement about Jones that while they refuse to issue him a license, they also noticed that he ‘obtained no performance enhancement’ from the level of Turinabol found in his drug test.
Unsurprisingly though, many members of the UFC community have reacted in a negative manner to the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion failing yet another drug test, including Cormier, Gustafsson, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Dana White has come out in support of Jones, as he believes his willingness to cooperate by any means necessary means he believes the UFC fighter is clean.
He said, via MMA Junkie: “I haven’t heard anything negative about Jon Jones leading up to this fight – nothing. He was willing to jump on a plane yesterday and go take a drug test – like, immediately.
"If I want to plan a PR for Jon Jones in two months, try pulling that together. It’s tough to get Jon Jones. He’s willing to do anything. So, I believe that Jon Jones is clean. He’s in fight shape, and I believe that he’s been doing the right thing.”
Bones has released a statement on the failed drug test too, stating he's a clean athlete.
He said on Twitter: "I’m focused on achieving my ultimate goal of reclaiming my Light Heavyweight title. I have willingly submitted to every USADA test in the lead up to this fight and USADA has confirmed what I've been saying all along, that I'm a clean athlete.
"I sincerely thank the California State Athletic Commission and Andy Foster for doing the right thing and supporting me through this process. I cannot wait to fight Alex Gustafsson this Saturday, December 29 at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood.
"Can’t bend me, can’t break me. #Champion2018"
So Jones will still fight Gustafsson for the UFC Light Heavyweight title next weekend in Los Angeles, but not too many people are happy about it.News Now - Sport News