Jon Jones issues with drugs have been very well documented and the UFC light heavyweight champion has been banned numerous times. Now it seems that steroid metabolite have once again been found in his drugs test.
Jon Jones is considered by many to be one of, if not the, greatest pound for pound fighter that the UFC has ever had enter the octagon but the light heavyweight champion seems unable to get away from being connected with drugs.
The American has failed drugs tests on several occasions and even been banned on several occasions. The latest such ban came to an end in October of last year.
It led to a fight being set up against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in December but just days before the event it was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because there were still traces of the long-term M3 metabolite in his system and he couldn’t get a Nevada license.
The 31 year old beat Gustafsson with a third round stoppage in LA to regain the title he’d been stripped of after ‘beating’ Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017.
Now, according to MMA Fighting, Jones test on the eve of the fight, taken at the weigh in, came back with 33 picograms of 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3) (or DHMCT) in his system, as per the California State Athletic Commission.
Dana White keeps the pair apart during a pre fight press conference. Image: PA Images
CASC let the fight go on in the first place, despite the traces, as they felt there was no evidence that Jones had re-offended and that there was no advantage of having the traces.
Executive officer of the athletic commission, Andy Foster, said, “I spoke with the scientists. They stand by their original statement. Nothing has changed. We’ve already punished Jon Jones for the M3 metabolite, which is a long-term metabolite. There’s no grounds to charge somebody twice for the same violation.“
Gustafsson made his feeling known about Jones’ past misdemeanours at the weigh in to their fight with his anti doping t-shirt:
Gustafsson’s t-shirt. Image: UFC
Jones is scheduled to defend his newly won title against Anthony Smith in Vegas on March 2nd at UFC 235 but will have to licensed ahead of the event.
Unfortunately ‘Bones’ will always be synonymous with drugs rather than just being known as one of the best ever.