Well, here’s a head scratcher. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones PASSED his UFC 214 post-fight blood test administered by the USADA minutes after knocking out Daniel Cormier on July 29.
Jones flunked a urine test the day prior after weigh-ins for the anabolic steroid Turinabol.
MMAFighting.com first reported Jones’ UFC 214 post-fight drug test results.
Jones had passed two random, out-of-competition drug exams administered by the USADA on July 6 (blood and urine test) and July 7 (urine test) in anticipation of his long awaited rematch with Cormier.
Jones has been radio silent since his failed drug test came to light 11 days ago. However, his manager, Malki Kawa, has professed his client’s innocence and believe a tainted supplement is to blame.
They were awaiting the return of Jones’ B-sample to confirm the flagged A-sample, which could take several more weeks.
The troubled 30-year-old has been down this road before, however. Jones made a tearful plea just last year after he was abruptly yanked from UFC 200 only three days before showtime for failing a drug test for banned anti-estrogens hydroxyclomiphene and Letrozale.
Jones cried innocence at the time and fingered a Cialis-like “dick pill” a teammate gave him to help sexual performance. Jones was issued a year-long suspension and had his interim title stripped.
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.
Therefore, “Bones” is now facing as much as a four-year suspension, fine, losing his reclaimed belt and having the win overturned to a no contest.
UFC president Dana White thinks fans may have seen the last of Jones if he’s found guilty and banned for several years.
White said Cormier will regain the UFC light heavyweight belt if Jones is unable to prove his innocence.