UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured) and former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar remain the talk of the MMA town because of the black marks their flunked drug tests left on UFC 200.
Jones’ drama began just three days before the historic July 9th show, while Lesnar shocked the sports world exactly one week after the monumental event. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) doubled down on Lesnar three days later by announcing he had also flunked his fight night drug exam for the same banned substance.
Speaking of using the same illegal performance-enhancing drug, as luck may have it, Jones and Lesnar were both popped for the estrogen blocker Clomiphene. Estrogen blockers are banned year-round because they can increase natural testosterone production in healthy men. Studies have also shown that when used in tandem with other PEDs, they can serve as a masking agent.
TRT is so 2014…
The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report Tuesday that Clomiphene was discovered in Lesnar’s June 28 screening. The Nevada Athletic Commission revealed during Monday’s hearing that the USADA had discovered Clomiphene in Jones’ June 16 out-of-competition drug test.
Despite what their test results produced, Jones and Lesnar have both denied any wrongdoing. The coincidences don’t end there between the two, as they are each facing at least a two-year suspension if proven guilty.
What’s ironic is, just two days ago Jones claimed during an impromptu Twitter Q&A session with fans that his situation was far different than Lesanr’s – insinuating that his case was a special one, while clumping Lesnar in with all of the other cheats in professional sports.
I know we are not in the same boat, I'll just leave it at that https://t.co/vDn1Vv8jAX
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
And then Tuesday’s revelation came that they were both rowing in the same estrogen blocker boat. Now that two UFC superstars were popped back-to-back for the exact same banned substance does not help their purity plight.
In fact, the innocence ship may have sailed.