UFC president Dana White says it appears that former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones did not knowingly take banned substances that led to the cancelation of his UFC 200 bout with Daniel Cormier.
Jones failed an out of competition drug test before the July fight, testing positive for hydroxy-clomiphen and Letrozole, and was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission until further notice.
“It’s coming back now that it looks like that he did not take the supplement that everybody thought he took, and we will see how this thing plays out,” White said on "The Jim Rome Show."
White says that Jones also allegedly took another drug that he didn't know contained the banned substances, but did not inform the United States Anti-Doping Agency before his scheduled fight.
"Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff you can’t do it, but it’s looking like Jon Jones did not do, take the drug that everybody thought he took. It looks like it’s something else," White added. "So I’ll let this thing play out, and that if that’s true and that’s what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission says happened, it could look good for Jon Jones.”
Jones said this weekend that he planned on returning soon from his suspension. He has not fought since scoring a unanimous decision over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197.
"Obviously, I can't get into it because it's still pending but what I can say is that we have found out lots of really good news and I am expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon," he said in a recent Instagram post.
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