ESPN’s Brett Okamoto announced Tuesday that Jon Jones’ B sample from his in-competition drug test at UFC 214 had tested positive for Turinabol, a Cold War-era steroid found in Jones’ system a few weeks after the fight.
A B test sample is taken by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in order to confirm the results of sample A, if necessary. Rarely are the results different due to the samples being collected at the same time.
Daniel Cormier, whom Jones defeated in their highly anticipated and promoted rematch, has been reinstated as Light Heavyweight champion by the UFC, as Jones will be suspended; likely for an extended period of time due to being a repeat offender.
In July 2016, Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, both prohibited substances under USADA rules. This result caused the rematch with Cormier to be removed from the UFC 200 card. Jones was suspended for a year by USADA. The 214 rematch with Cormier was his first fight since this suspension ended.
This also marks the unprecedented third time Jones has been stripped of the Light Heavyweight title. The first stripping came after Jones was involved in a hit-and-run accident where marijuana was involved. Jones’ fleeing of the scene of the collision elevated his misdemeanor charges to a felony, and he was ultimately sentenced to probation. The second stripping of the title came after the aforementioned drug test failure prior to UFC 200.
Jones’ second test failure could carry a possible suspension of four years, as Turinabol carries a penalty of two years of suspension for first time offenders, while two more years may be added on for his recidivist behavior.
The fight’s result, a third round knockout victory for Jones, was officially overturned to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission Wednesday afternoon. This likely sparked Dana White’s decision to reinstate Cormier, as White had denied the initial TMZ report that Jones was to be immediately stripped as soon as the news broke. The UFC chose to wait for the system to confirm the results, and then they made their final decision soon after.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.