UFC star Jon Jones has once again tested positive for a banned substance, this time failing for the anabolic steroid Turinabol, according to a report from TMZ Sports. While TMZ initially reported that Jones had been stripped of the light heavyweight title he won by defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, ESPN's Brett Okamoto confirmed with UFC president Dana White that Jones has not yet been stripped of the title.
Jones' camp released the following statement to MMAFighting.com:
"We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him."
Cormier also delivered a statement to MMAFighting.com:
“It's hard to find words to describe how I'm feeling right now. I'm disappointed to hear the news. It's very emotional.
“We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.
“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don't know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.
“Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”
Jones (22-1) has a long history of struggles with banned substances. In July 2016, Jones was scratched from UFC 200 after he tested positive for a banned substance, which resulted in him being given a 1-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Jones has said that the positive test was a result of a sex pill. The fight against Cormier was his first fight after the ban was lifted.
Jones also tested positive for cocaine shortly before he defeated Cormier in January 2015. The positive test did not become public until after Jones' victory, and he said that he beat Cormier after a "weekend of cocaine." Jones entered a rehab facility shortly thereafter but only stayed for one day.
It hasn't been just failed drug tests that have plagued Jones—he pleaded guilty to a felony hit-and-run charge in September 2015 and received 18-months probation.
Prior to the Cormier fight, Jones had been linked with a potential mega fight with Brock Lesnar.