The Jon Jones news exploded right in the middle of Conor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather and still hasn’t slowed down. The UFC light heavyweight champion allegedly tested positive for the steroid Turinabol. While he waits for the results of his B sample, everyone you can think of has weighed in on the controversy. Dana White went on record saying Jon Jones was too talented to use performance enhancing drugs. His manager also continues to stand by his side. A new voice added to the fray today is Andy Foster. He’s the California State Athletic Commission Executive Director and he spoke to MMA Junkie about why he’s confused about the Jones situation.
“This entire situation doesn’t make any sense to me. It just doesn’t. If you’re doing a steroid panel, then [Turbinol] is going to show up every time. The fact that it didn’t show up on [July 6 and 7] when he was tested before, that’s an indication that he was not on that drug at that time.”
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“At that point, one of two things is probably going on here: He’s either extremely careless, or he’s a cheater. I know he’s already been extremely careless once in his career … but none of this makes any sense. That’s why I think it’s very important that we vet this and look at all the available evidence before we jump to conclusions and hang this guy out to dry. […] We’ve got to figure this out because this is just crazy. We’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
Obviously, this isn’t the last you’ll hear on the Jon Jones situation. This is probably going to continue for the rest of the year as we wait for more tests and then the UFC fighter’s due process. Unfortunately for Jones, there is a laundry list of consequences that go into effect for Jones if everything comes back conclusive. If a person in Foster’s authority thinks something weird is going on though, at least that leaves room for some doubt on the test results.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/23/2017.