Jon Jones notified of potential USADA violation for failed test

August 22, 2017

Jon Jones was notified of a potential USADA violation stemming from an in-competition drug test occurring after the UFC 214 weigh-ins on July 28th.  He now faces a four-year suspension from the UFC due to his second violation of the company’s anti-doping policy.

UPDATED: Via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

The UFC has produced its statement regarding the news:

The 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.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Through Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, the former UFC light heavyweight champion released a statement:

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.

It is believed that Jones tested positive for an anabolic steroid.  Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozol  prior to UFC 200 in July 2016.

Payout Perspective:

Years from now we will wonder how good Jones could have been.  But with this new finding, its clear that he will be out for some time.  Even if the ruling is overturned, and the four years are reduced, months, maybe a year will go by without clarification.  It seems, once again, that Jones may have taken a non-FDA supplement which likely did not include all of its contents on its label.  Recall, Jones’ previous failure was due to a “dick pill” that was sold online.  Unfortunately, for as many chances Jones receives, he hands back disappointment to you each time.

35 Responses to “Jon Jones notified of potential USADA violation for failed test”

  1. d on August 22nd, 2017 10:09 PM

    He’s done. Been cheating his whole career. USADA needs to suspend him for 2 years.

  2. Diego on August 23rd, 2017 2:35 AM

    He’ll have some excuse but at the end of the day he’s a two time PED cheat and that doesn’t include his other behavior (DUI, hit and run, general douchebaggery). I won’t be sad to see him go.

  3. Ron on August 23rd, 2017 6:35 AM

    Another black eye for the UFC too, this has to have long term effects on PPV buys. No one wants to spend $$$ on a PPV only to find out the main event means nothing! Anxious to hear what Cormier has to say… PS Dana, I want my 60 bucks back!

  4. Fight Fan on August 23rd, 2017 6:59 AM

    Wow go figure. Ufc will do anything for a cheap buck so it only makes sense. Soon you’ll see lesnar back again. The cycle continues

  5. d on August 23rd, 2017 7:59 AM

    FF, what does that even mean? He failed the weigh in test. They take time to get the results.

    Also, could you imagine how many cheats would start popping up if boxing started using USADA testing? They’d be dropping like flies.

  6. saldathief on August 23rd, 2017 8:25 AM

    Like they didn’t know he was dirty? give me a break hey what drugs is Conor on?? lol boxers have the money to buy real drugs and real drug prep coaches they are all on the shit but hey the ufc still has Rousey! oh wait they dont, they still have who now? bahahahahhaha

  7. Caramel City on August 23rd, 2017 8:45 AM

    The UFC is in a real bad spot.
    McGregors is boxing, and honestly has a few guys waiting on him in the UFC who hes going to struggle with. So who knows if he keeps fighting.

    Ronda. Gone.

    Jones. Done.

    Now who?

    No one knows who the HW champ is or really any of there other champs for that matter.

    I really dont know what they have going for them.

    Conor will sell, but after he gets destroyed by Floyd, theres a good chance Khabib ragdolls him.
    Then what?

  8. Anti Trolls on August 23rd, 2017 8:47 AM

    Seriously your comments are puke

  9. d on August 23rd, 2017 8:54 AM

    Woah, Sal’s back. Haha.

    FYI, boxers don’t have USADA testing.

  10. d on August 23rd, 2017 9:01 AM

    “No one knows who the HW champ is or really any of there other champs for that matter.”

    Miocic has been proven to be a bigger draw than anyone in boxing outside of Canelo, so what does that say about the position of boxing?

    “I really dont know what they have going for them.”

    This is the same rhetoric we heard back in 2014 when Silva/GSP semi retired. Then came the two biggest stars the sport ever saw.

    “Conor will sell, but after he gets destroyed by Floyd, theres a good chance Khabib ragdolls him.
    Then what?”

    Then he fights Diaz for a 3rd time and gets 1.5m buys or fights for the 145lb title again and does over 1m buys.

    If you want to discuss a bad situation, look at boxing. They are heading for an even worst disaster than last year. Mayweather will be done for good after this fight. Klitschko retired. Canelo is going to get put to sleep by GGG and then their only ppv star left is done. Where do they go from there? It takes years for these guys to groom ppv fighters and there is nothing on the horizon for them.

  11. Fight Fan on August 23rd, 2017 11:36 AM

    D has been crying the blues about boxing for years and none of his predictions pan out.

  12. d on August 23rd, 2017 12:02 PM

    FF lives in an alternate reality.

  13. Fight Fan on August 23rd, 2017 12:26 PM

    The reality which boxing sells out 90k seat stadiums and puts up huge ratings and ppv records.

  14. d on August 23rd, 2017 1:40 PM

    You just proved my point about you living in an alternate reality.

  15. Fight Fan on August 23rd, 2017 2:15 PM

    Wrong, boxing holds all ppv records, fills wembley and puts on huge ratings on CBS and now espn.

  16. d on August 23rd, 2017 3:02 PM

    Hahahaha.

  17. saldathief on August 23rd, 2017 4:24 PM

    The kool aid drinkers believed the bs hype fastest growing sport lmao. growing yes, by why be so fraudulent with all the claims? Funny they crapped all over boxing now they need boxing bahahahahahha

  18. saldathief on August 23rd, 2017 4:25 PM

    Even MMA payout is half a boxing report site hahahahah

  19. Fight Fan on August 23rd, 2017 6:23 PM

    Tons of tickets still for sale on TM and Stubhub. Dud sales.

  20. d on August 23rd, 2017 6:34 PM

    Less than 1k left on tm, All lower seats. The gate has already broken May-Pac and this will likely still sell out by fight time.

  21. mma guru on August 23rd, 2017 6:47 PM

    Yes, this will sellout by fight night easily with last minute purchases. Only 5% of tickets left for purchase, it is already considered sold out in nominal terms. What will be interesting is the final gate number. I predict a gate of 90 million based on current trends.

  22. mma guru on August 23rd, 2017 6:55 PM

    Crazy, only 79 tickets are left at the highest price point of $13,000 (130 tickets left for sale over $10,000).

  23. Random Dude on August 24th, 2017 8:04 PM

    Source?

    This article was published: Aug 24, 2017, 9:00pm EDT

    https://www.mmafighting.com/2017/8/24/16198642/tickets-still-available-for-floyd-mayweather-conor-mcgregor-fight-average-price-trails-pacquiao-bout

    “As of Thursday, there were still over 1,500 tickets remaining on StubHub for seats at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., a somewhat surprising number given the personalities involved and the fact that there has never been an MMA vs. boxing matchup of this magnitude.”

    “In comparison, Mayweather’s 2015 encounter with Manny Pacquiao — the fight that Mayweather vs. McGregor is most often measured against — had sold out all of its seats at face value a week before fight night, as TicketIQ’s Jesse Lawrence pointed out in an article for CNBC.”

    When I go to stubhub there are plenty of tickets left, certainly more than 79.

  24. d on August 24th, 2017 11:24 PM

    “In comparison, Mayweather’s 2015 encounter with Manny Pacquiao — the fight that Mayweather vs. McGregor is most often measured against — had sold out all of its seats at face value a week before fight night, as TicketIQ’s Jesse Lawrence pointed out in an article for CNBC.”

    Again, this is flawed logic and absurd. They released less than 1,000 tickets to the general public so you have no idea when those tickets were re-sold. Also, a day before the fight for the May-Pac fight, the price crashed and there were still 1000 tickets available on the secondary market.

  25. Fight Fan on August 25th, 2017 9:27 AM

    Seats being sold way below face for this one.

  26. d on August 25th, 2017 10:30 AM

    No seats are being sold below face value and the gate has already defeated May-Pac.

  27. mmaguru on August 25th, 2017 11:14 AM

    I’m not refering to resale market. Resale market is a sold ticket whether there is a bum in the seat or not. The article is written by a person who has no concept of primary and secondary ticket sales.

  28. Random Dude on August 25th, 2017 12:13 PM

    Right now you can get a room for $297 a night at the MGM Grand right on the strip. That is a crazy price for a big time fight.

    Next week’s labor day price for MGM Grand is $257.

    This fight is nowhere near the popularity of the May-Pac fight at all.

  29. Random Dude on August 25th, 2017 12:39 PM

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/mma-ufc/bono-had-to-pass-on-singing-irish-anthem-for-mcgregor-video/

    “White also says the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight card is not sold out.”

  30. d on August 25th, 2017 1:49 PM

    “This fight is nowhere near the popularity of the May-Pac fight at all.”

    Again, you are providing opinion with very little to no evidence to validate this.

    “White also says the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight card is not sold out.”

    Who said it was sold out from that interview which was yesterday?

    It likely still will sell out and as I pointed out from 2 days ago, they were below 1k tickets left. Again, you don’t know when the tickets from May-Pac were sold out because they only released less than 1k of the tickets to the public. They resold them on their own. As for the secondary market, the day before May-Pac there were around 1k tickets left, so nice try claiming that there was this insane demand on the stubhub, etc.

  31. Fight Fan on August 25th, 2017 6:07 PM

    Tickets were pulled from TM and are being dumped now. Lots of tix on stubhub as well and it is dropping in prices fast. They overpriced and undersold, end of story.

  32. Random Dude on August 25th, 2017 6:29 PM

    https://www.ticketnews.com/ticketmaster-resale-disappears-mayweather/

    “Ticketmaster has removed all of their resale inventory for Saturday’s fight, leaving only face value tickets as an option for their customers, presumably in a last-ditch effort to fill the many seats that are left unsold to a fight so highly publicized.”

    Why would ticketmaster remove resales which they get additional fees (from both the original buyer and the next buyer) if they are confident they will sell out or were so close to selling out as d and mma guru said?

    Doesn’t add up. Keep shilling though, it is what you are paid to do.

    I also love the way d totally ignores all of my points like hotel pricing on the strip for this fight. Promoters have to promote though so keep at it.

  33. d on August 26th, 2017 6:44 AM

    Random Dude, that doesn’t negate the reality that’s been analyzed by people who do this for a living that clearly proved there was less than 1k tickets left in the building a few days ago. All of the tickets remaining were lower bowl, expensive tickets, that’s why they are doing it.

    I also love it how you continue to spread propaganda by repeatedly claiming that May-Pac sold out immediately as if that is even remotely true. Not to mention you conveniently ignored the fact that tickets were being dumped on stubhub at the last minute for May-Pac. You are the ultimate shill for boxing. Just curious, how much do people like Arum or De La Hoya pay you to act like a fool on a mma website?

  34. Random Dude on August 26th, 2017 7:17 AM

    You are clearly a shill because I have clearly been an MMA fan since this site started and have always stated how I don’t watch boxing anymore.

    I stopped being a boxing fan before 2003 (before Lennox Lewis retired) so any attempt by you to claim me to be a boxing shill is bogus.

    I can count the number of boxing matches I have watched in the past 10 years on one hand…and I still haven’t even watched May-Pac. I knew that fight was going to be garbage.

    Yet I have watched and continue to watch all the MMA there is including the ones no one remembers or talks about like IFL and Bodog Fights.

    D, you are definitely a shill because all you do is attack people who say anything that is less than perfect about the UFC. You don’t care about MMA or talk about MMA other than the UFC. You promote the UFC.

    You can’t have proper discourse about any fight topic…that makes you a shill.

  35. d on August 26th, 2017 8:21 AM

    Nice try liar. All you’ve done here is defend your boxing lovers. You are the worst paid shill here next to FF. Look at what you’ve done here. You are lying repeatedly to defend May-Pac. It’s embarrassing how much you are lying.

    You are delusional if you think I’m defending the UFC specifically. How many times have I called White a compulsive liar? You obviously don’t read my comments because I talk about Bellator all the time and watch practically all of their fights. I’ve been to more live non UFC fights than you have been to mma cards total- I guarantee. I’d love to see more competition in mma between promotions.

    You refuse to look at the facts and continue to spread propaganda. You keep saying this fight doesn’t have the interest that May-Pac does, all while ignoring all of the evidence and focusing on a few small details. Let’s put it this way- if this fight beats May-Pac in terms of ppv buys and int’l numbers as well, which it very well may do, will you admit that there was more interest for this fight? Probably not, because you are a boxing paid shill.

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