Jon Jones is at it once again.
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In less than a week left until the rematch between Jon Jones (22-1 MMA) and Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MA) – the UFC announced today that Saturday’s UFC 232 event will be moved from Las Vegas to Southern California. In a sample given earlier, it was reported on December 6th that a trace of Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), or turinabol, was in Jones’ system. DHCMT is also the same substance Jones tested positive for back in 2017 which led to a 15-month suspension.
The reason behind moving the event altogether is because the Nevada State Athletic Commission will require further investigation in the case in order to deem if Jones is cleared to fight on December 29th. The California State Athletic Commision (CSAC) will be the organization to approve a license for ‘Bones’ to compete in Southern California. The event is now held at The Forum arena.
During a hearing which involved president of the UFC Dana White and UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky, the two were adamant in clearing that Jones did nothing wrong. Novitzky added that this positive test is not a violation. They declared that the picogram trace of the substance found in Jones’ system is just ‘lingering’ from when he tested positive back in July 2017. This is not a new investigation and as of now, Jones has not currently violated USADA‘s drug-testing program because of this new test result.
He’s been cleared to fight in terms of the USADA program. … USADA fully analyzed it internally. They reached out to outside experts from around the world. They reached out to another sports league that has seen the same issue. And all of them, independent of us, determined that this was not a reingestion of the substance and this very, very small amount that was occurring and still showing up, according to these experts from around the world, did not provide any performance-enhancing benefit” Novitzky began to explain to MMAJunkie during the news announcement.
President of the UFC Dana White also wanted to be crystal clear that Jon Jones has done nothing wrong in this instance, or in any events leading up to the event.
“I haven’t heard anything negative about Jon Jones leading up to this fight – nothing,” White said. “He was willing to jump on a plane yesterday and go take a drug test – like, immediately. If I want to plan a PR for Jon Jones in two months, try pulling that together. It’s tough to get Jon Jones. He’s willing to do anything. So, I believe that Jon Jones is clean. He’s in fight shape, and I believe that he’s been doing the right thing.”
NCAS was able to provide FightBookMMA with an exclusive statement on the situation.
Today, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett announced that, in consultation with NSAC Commission Chair Anthony Marnell, III, unarmed combatant Jon Jones will be allowed to withdraw his pending application for licensure, which was intended to clear him to fight in a major contest in Nevada later this month.
For the full story on the exclusive statement – click here.