Jon Jones’s B sample also tests positive for Turinabol
Published on Tuesday, 9/12/17, at 11:56 p.m. Eastern.
Jon Jones is one step closer to being stripped of his UFC light heavyweight belt for the second time after his B sample came back positive for Turinabol.
On the day of weigh-ins just 24 hours before Jones’s UFC 214 showdown versus Daniel Cormier, his A sample popped dirty for the old East German steroid that isn’t readily available or considered a “good” PED these days. That description of Turinabol came from former UFC middleweight and lightweight title challenger Chael Sonnen, who added on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, “My first thought was that if he tested positive for that, they (USADA) missed the good stuff.”
Jones beat Cormier via vicious third-round knockout. He set up the finish with a head kick that was followed by a trip to an off-balance Cormier, who fell to the ground and then took a flurry of strikes before referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy intervened.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report the findings of Jones’s B sample.
“Mr. Jones’ B sample has confirmed the A sample findings,” USADA told MMAFighting through a spokesperson. “Importantly — as previously stated — due process should occur before drawing any conclusions about this matter.”
Jones is looking at a suspension of at least two years and possibly as many as four unless he somehow wins an appeal.
If he loses his appeal, Jones’s fall from grace will be complete. And at that time, Jones’s resume in mixed martial arts will show only one defeat, and I’m not talking about the controversial loss on his current record by disqualification after his demolition of Matt Hamill. I’m talking about the only real loss Jones has sustained — beating himself. And he’s done it in brutal KO fashion this time (barring a successful appeal, of course).