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Jon Jones' Comeback Fight Moved After More Drug Test Issues

Jon Jones' Comeback Fight Moved After More Drug Test Issues
By Eoin Lyons
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Jon Jones comeback fight against Alexander Gustafsson has been moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after the Nevada State Athletic commission took issue with the findings of a recent drug test.

The light heavyweight fighter is returning to the octagon at UFC 232 next weekend following a 15 month suspension for testing positive for turinabol, and in a December 9th test the 31-year-old tested positive for a trace amount of the same substance.

Jeff Novitzky, UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance, has since stated said Jones’ positive test is not a USADA violation, but rather the organisation believes the test is a “pulsing” effect from the past positive result and not a new ingestion of the banned substance.

Novitzky also said the amount of turinabol metabolites in Jones’ system is in low “picogram” levels, comparing it to if a grain of salt was split into 50 million pieces, with Jones having single and double-digit levels of those picograms.

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Jones issued a defiant statement following the test, insisting that he is a 'clean' athlete:

I’m focused on achieving my ultimate goal of reclaiming my Light Heavyweight title. I have willingly submitted to every USADA test in the lead up to this fight and USADA has confirmed what I’ve been saying all along, that I’m a clean athlete. I sincerely thank the California.

State Athletic Commission and Andy Foster for doing the right thing and supporting me through this process. I cannot wait to fight Alex Gustafsson this Saturday December 29th at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood.

Can’t bend me, can’t break me. #Champion2018

Gustafsson has since tweeted Jones about the venue change, clearly suspicious about Jones' test given his previous violations:

Longtime rival Daniel Cormier also weighed in on the fiasco, tweeting his approval for the NSAC in the investigation:

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It should be noted that Jones has passed four tests since agreeing to fight Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday at UFC 232.

 

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