That is, until today.
According to TMZ Sports, Jones tested positive for Turinabol, which is an anabolic steroid, prior to his match with Cormier. However, while TMZ reported that Jones had been stripped of the title, UFC President Dana White said on ESPN that this was not the case.
This is not the first time that Jones has failed a USADA drug test. He tested positive for banned substances in 2016 before UFC 200, and was given a 1-year ban from competition.
The California State Athletic Commission has been made aware of the test results and he could face a ban of up to 4 years.
“We are all at a complete loss for words right now,” Jones’ camp said in a prepared statement. “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.”
It had been previously rumored that Jones was in talks with WWE to compete with Brock Lesnar at some point under their banner.
I wouldn’t be shocked if this led to the aforementioned confrontation under the McMahon banner.
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