Wow. Just wow.
TMZ reported early Tuesday evening that Jon Jones, fresh off his victorious UFC return and Light Heavyweight title win, tested positive for a performance enhancing drug sometime around the July 29 fight.
UFC president Dana White spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, who stated that contrary to TMZ’s initial report, Jones has yet to be officially stripped of the title.
CONFIRMED with Dana White: Jon Jones failed drug test at UFC 214. Per White, he hasn't been formally stripped of title yet. Wow.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 23, 2017
According to the TMZ report, Jones tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid that carries a USADA-mandated two year minimum suspension. It remains to be seen if the suspension will be extended due to Jones’ previous test failure in the days before UFC 200, however TMZ’s sources have told them that Jones may receive a whopping 4 year suspension for this second offense.
UPDATE: Ariel Helwani has reported that USADA has given Jones a “provisional suspension,” and have not confirmed what he tested positive for.
UFC confirms Jones has been flagged by USADA. "Provisional suspension," per USADA. No disclosure of what the substance was right now.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 23, 2017
The UFC released the following statement shortly after the news broke:
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.
We will keep you abreast as the situation develops further.