Current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones made headlines earlier this week when it was announced that he had been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.
The test in question was taken the day of the UFC 214 weigh ins (July 28). The next day, Jon Jones would go on to defeat Daniel Cormier via third-round knockout thus claiming the UFC’s coveted light heavyweight title.
The UFC issued the following statement on the matter:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.
Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Most recently, former champion Daniel Cormier, who could soon have his belt back, issued a statement on Jon Jones potential drug test failure.
“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” Cormier said. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional. We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.”
“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next. Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”
While Jon Jones camp has already released a statement on the matter (read that here), “Bones” himself had remained silent until today.
Jones took to Twitter moments ago where he posted the following message.
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Times like these remind me how blessed I truly am. So much to be grateful for
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 27, 2017
“Times like these remind me how blessed I truly am. So much to be grateful for.” – Jon Jones