On August 2nd, we wrote about the epic tale that led up to Jon Jones victory over Daniel Cormier to win back the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Well, it appears the story is now even longer. Here’s the timeline so far:
- 2014 – Cormier was scheduled to fight Jones, then the light heavyweight champ, but the bout was rescheduled after Jones injured his leg and tested positive for cocaine
- 2015 -Jones was stripped of his title after a hit-and-run incident. Cormier won the light heavyweight belt in Jones absence.
- 2016 – Jones suspension ended and he had a shot to win the title back, but the fight is rescheduled when Cormier hurts his foot. Shortly afterwards, Jones tested positive for estrogen blockers and the event was cancelled.
- 2017 – Jones PED suspension ends, a rematch is booked and Jones finally win back his title. Then, this past Wednesday, it’s announced that Jones had tested positive for steroids AGAIN.
Here are the details: Apparently the positive sample was collected on July 28 following the pre-fight weigh-in and eventually tested positive for turinabol, an anabolic androgenic steroid that’s taken orally. According to SBNation, Turinabol was a popular performance enhancing drug from the 60’s through the 80’s, that’s begun to make a resurgence in the past five years.
“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.”
“No athlete would test clean his entire fight camp, and then randomly take some cheap (expletive) oral steroid betweens weigh ins and fight night knowing he would be tested once he got done fighting. This is a straight set up. They are trying to ruin this kids life. It makes no sense and Jon wouldn’t do it.”