Just when you thought there could not be a bigger story in combat sports during the fight week of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, Jon Jones was flagged by USADA. The news broke on Tuesday as Jones was flagged for a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation after beating Daniel Cormier to win the UFC light heavyweight championship title at UFC 214. Jones’ potential violation is stemmed from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28.
USADA has also been testing Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor for their multi-million dollar boxing match and have been testing them both extensively to try and catch any fighter trying to take an illegal advantage.
The UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzy, told The Mirror that Mayweather and McGregor have been tested more than any other athlete in the world in the time leading up to their fight.
“Since July 1, they’ve each had 13 samples tested,” said Novitzy.
“They are without a doubt the most tested athletes on the planet in the last month and a half.
“I’m sure with the high-profile nature of the fight, each test will be expedited as quickly as possible.”
UFC President Dana White said that with McGregor already being a part of USADA’s testing pool being an active fighter in the UFC, Mayweather had no issue jumping into the program.
“Conor was already in the program with the UFC and Floyd didn’t even flinch when I said I wanted him to get tested, he jumped in straight in,” said White.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/23/2017.