The USADA delivered Jon Jones another devastating blow Tuesday. The UFC light heavyweight champion’s B-sample has also come back positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol.
“Mr. Jones ‘B’ sample has confirmed the ‘A’ sample findings,” the USADA spokesperson stated. “Importantly — as previously stated — due process should occur before drawing any conclusions about this matter.”
Last month, the USADA flagged Jones for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from 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.
Jones has been radio silent since the third failed drug test of his illustrious career came to light, but his team has emphatically professed his innocence on his behalf. They were awaiting the results of his B-sample before making their next move.
Now that the results are in, a predictable outcome considering the USADA takes great pride in producing 99.9% accuracy on their drug exams, Jones will have to somehow, once again, prove that a tainted supplement is the reason he tested positive.
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, which is what Jones is staring dead in the eyes.
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.
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.”
UFC president Dana White has said fight fans might have seen the last of Jones, 30, if he’s hit with a multi-year suspension.
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.