Andy Foster, the California State Athletic Commission Executive Director, has remarked the recent positive test of Jon Jones does not make sense to him.
Last month, it emerged that the UFC fighter had failed a drug test that was conducted before his UFC 214 grudge match with Daniel Cormier. The test revealed traces of Turinabol, the banned anabolic steroid. However, many were surprised after Jones successfully cleared a string of tests throughout training camp, which all came back negative.
Foster remarked this entire situation doesn’t make any sense to him. The CSAC Executive Director said if you are doing a steroid panel, then Turinabol is going to show up every time. Foster went on to add that the fact that it didn’t show up on July 6 and 7 when he was tested before that is an indication that he was not on that drug at that time. Foster added there can only be two things, either Jones is extremely careless or he is a cheater and said he knows Jones has already been extremely careless once in his career but none of this makes any sense. The CSAC Executive Director said that is why he thinks it is very important that we vet this and look at all the available evidence before we jump to conclusions and hang this guy out to dry.
Jones, if found guilty, could face a possible doping ban of four years that may put an end to his illustrious career. The current light heavyweight champion earned back his title in July with a third-round TKO of Cormier. He passed his blood test after the fight as administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency but was later found to have failed a urine-based drug test from the night before the fight.
In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said Jones provided urine and blood samples on July 6th and an additional urine sample on the 7th — all of which were reported negative. The statement further reads that his urine sample on July 28th tested positive for Turinabol — as confirmed previously — then after the fight he provided a blood sample that was reported negative. The USADA statement also reads the prohibited anabolic steroid Turinabol is only tested for in urine screens and not in blood tests. Urine and blood screens are complimentary to each other and do not analyze for the same substances.
The three-time and current Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Jones currently has the longest active winning streak in the UFC and became the youngest champion in UFC history. Jones was reinstated into the UFC in October 2015 following his arrest on felony hit-and-run charges and was later pulled from all UFC rankings after he tested positive for banned substances three days before a scheduled title bout. Jones, a stand-out high school wrestler and state champion at Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York, made his professional MMA debut in April 2008 and amassed an undefeated record of 6–0 over a period of three months.
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