Published: Wed, August 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jon Jones Tested Positive for an Anabolic Steroid, Stripped of Title

Jon Jones Tested Positive for an Anabolic Steroid, Stripped of Title

He looked to have reclaimed the title late last month, when he brutally finished bitter rival Daniel Cormier inside three rounds at UFC 214 in Anaheim.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was flagged for a potential anti-doping policy violation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the UFC announced Tuesday.

It's not the first time Jones has failed a UFC drug test.

The organization released a statement that said it was notified for the failed test and that it was conducting an investigation, but that "there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed". This time around, TMZ reports Jones could face up to a four-year ban.

You can scratch that now as it appears the 30-year-old NY native has been flagged by USADA for the steroid Turinabol according to a report from TMZ Sports.

The UFC light heavyweight champion was previously suspended for one year after a failed drug test leading up to UFC 200.

Jones has been stripped of the title and Cormier will reclaim it, according to TMZ, which was first to report the news.

This offense, allegedly coming from an in-competition sample and marking the third time popping positive for the mixed-martial arts legend, likely puts Jones on the shelf for some time unless he can prove his innocence.

Jones' fight at UFC 214 was his first since serving a yearlong suspension for a separate positive drug test in July of previous year.

Our sources tell us. "Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him".

It goes without saying that this is a bombshell, and a major blow to UFC given that Jones is one of their biggest stars. The California State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction over Jones' test along with USADA.

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