Jon Jones just can not get out of his own path to greatness.
On Tuesday, Jones was notified by the USADA, the independent company the UFC hired to conduct drug tests on their athletes, for failing an in-competition screening taken after the UFC 214 weigh-ins on July 28, one day before he reclaimed his light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier in highlight reel fashion.
Unlike in 2016 when Jones tested positive for taking a banned substance, he won’t be able to blame any “dick pills” this time around. According to TMZ Sports, Jones had the anabolic steroid Turinabol in his system at UFC 214.
TMZ initially reported Jones was once again been stripped of his UFC light heavyweight crown. However, UFC president Dana White said he’ll afford Jones his due process before making a decision.
The troubled 30-year-old is facing a lengthy suspension, fine and will have his KO win against Cormier overturned to a no contest.
The USADA can suspend first-time offenders up to two years for steroid use. The ban can be as high as four years for multiple offenses. It will be interesting to see how harsh they will be considering Jones’ past failures. That’s right, he now has three flunked drug tests on his tainted resume.
In 2005, Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine, in a random screening. Because the drug test was administered during an out-of-competition period, Jones was not suspended and merely fined $25,000 for “violating the [UFC’s] Athlete Code of Conduct policy.”
Jones was yanked from UFC 200 just days before showtime after hydroxyclomiphene and Letrozale, banned anti-estrogen substances, were discovered in his urinalysis. Jones tearfully denied any wrongdoing and blamed a tainted Cialis pill that his teammate gave him to improve his sex life.
He was issued a one-year suspension and stripped of his light heavyweight crown.
Speaking of losing his belt without ever actually losing in the octagon, Jones was originally stripped his his gold in 2015 after a felony hit-and-run arrest where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm.
Jones returned to capture the vacant interim strap by beating Ovince Saint Preux one year later. He and Cormier, who had claimed Jones’ stripped belt during his absence, were slated to headline UFC 200 in a title unification bout until Jon Jones pulled another Jon Jones.
He was subsequently stripped of his interim belt.
Jones is the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history with eight consecutive title defenses. He currently owns an impressive 23-1 professional record, with his lone blemish coming in a controversial disqualification to Matt Hamill for using illegal north-south elbows to the head.
However, it’s Jones’ drama outside of the cage that has been his downfall.