On July 29, 2017, in a fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, Jon Jones regained the UFC light heavyweight champion title. Now, as it turns out, his reign could be over soon since he failed the drug test taken before the match. UFC released a statement on Tuesday saying that “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.“
According to TMZ sources, Jones was positive for an anabolic steroid called Turinabol. Although UFC president Dana White said Jones isn’t stripped of the title, that looks imminent. Jones’ camp issued an official statement that you can read in full below.
“We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.“
This isn’t the first time that Jones failed a drug test. In July of 2016, he was positive for anti-estrogenic agents. He was stripped of his title and had to serve one year ban issued by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency). Before that, Jones was stripped of his title in 2015, after he was involved in a hit-and-run incident.This was the only time UFC took the title from the fighter for reasons unrelated to the sport.
Jon Jones is regarded by many as one of the greatest mixed martial artists. He also holds the longest active winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His record in 24 fights is 23 wins and one loss by disqualification.