August 29, 2017
Last week, the mixed martial arts world was rocked by the news that Jones had failed a pre-fight drug test in the build-up to his rematch with Daniel Cormier.In the early hours of Wednesday morning, TMZ reported that the reigning UFC light-heavyweight champion tested positive for anabolic steroids during a screening which was conducted after the official UFC 214 weigh-ins.The shocking news was confirmed by the UFC brass in a statement shortly afterward.
Jones, 23-1, has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation into his third failed drug test.Should the B sample of Jones’ test, which discovered traces of the banned anabolic steroid Turanibol, come back positive, the 30-year-old will find himself facing a lengthy suspension as this would be his second anti-doping violation, his first being his failed pre-fight drug test ahead of UFC 200.
Jones, who is regarded by many to be the greatest fighter of all time, stayed quiet on the matter when it first became public knowledge.However, late on Sunday evening, ‘Bones’addressed his latest scandal in a cryptic tweet.
He tweeted: “Times like these remind me how blessed I truly am. So much to be grateful for.”If the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) rule that Jones intentionally ingested the banned agent, he could be suspended from fighting for four years.
Jones could be banned for four years if he’s found guilty of intentionally taking Turanibol
Regardless the outcome of the investigation, which Jones’ team believe will discover a tainted supplement to be the cause of the positive test, the youngest champion in UFC history will be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.Should the worst happen and Jones receive a four-year suspension, his mixed martial arts career could very be over.
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