Well this is embarrassing. Just over a month after sending out a tweet calling out Daniel Cormier for alleging he was on something, Jon Jones’ tweet has come back to bite him in the butt.
Jones was suspended and reportedly stripped of his title for yet another USADA positive test:
UFC released this statement on the positive test:
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.
TMZ was first to report the news of the positive test, saying that UFC plans to strip Jones of the title he won at UFC 214.
Jones (23-1) knocked out Cormier (19-2) for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California back in July.
He hadn’t fought since April 2016, when he defeated Ovince St. Preux. His last fight before that was a title victory over Cormier, by decision, in January 2015. He had won 13 straight fights entering Saturday night’s main event.
Cormier had taken the reigns of the light heavyweight division in Jones’ absence, rattling off four consecutive victories.
Saturday was Jones’ first fight since a USADA suspension gave him a year off outside of the Octagon.
Jones was ticketed for allegedly drag racing back in March of last year — an accusation Jones strongly denies in the video above, and per a statement, via TMZ:
“I was not drag racing nor was I speeding. I did not get a speeding ticket. I was driving within the speed limit of the 35mph zone.”
“I feel that police used a technicality to ticket me for drag racing, for simply revving my engine and acknowledging some of my local fans. I regrettably said words to the police officer out of frustration, for which I apologize for, but I do feel this was excessive.”
Jones was sentenced to probation in 2015 following a hit-and-run case in which the star ran from the scene of the accident, and was arrested after terms of his probation were considered a violation.
He was stripped of his light heavyweight belt after his hit-and-run incident.