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Jon Jones' Comeback Fight Moved After More Drug Test Issues

Jon Jones' Comeback Fight Moved After More Drug Test Issues

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.

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:

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

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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