Jon Jones’ second sample also positive for banned substance

Nissi Icasiano
Jon Jones’ second sample also positive for banned substance
Jon Jones now faces a two-year suspension after a confirmatory test reveals the presence of a banned substance

MANILA, Philippines – The results of Jon Jones’ “B” sample from an out-of-competition drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on June 16 has confirmed the presence of a banned substance.

USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden publicly disclosed the results of testing for the same banned substance in Jones’ “B” sample on Friday, July 8 (Saturday Manila time).

It is still unclear what substance caused the positive test as Jones and his management elected not to reveal the information during a press conference on Friday, July 8.

Pursuant to USADA’s guidelines, the anti-doping organization is not authorized to release that information until the athlete discusses about it in public.

Jones denied taking performance-enhancing drugs, while his longtime manager Malki Kawa affirmed his client’s statement by pointing out that it was a metabolite of a banned substance.

UFC president Dana White shockingly announced on Wednesday, July 6 that the second light heavyweight title encounter between Cormier and Jones at this weekend’s UFC 200 had been cancelled after the latter was notified of a potential anti-doping violation.

Company officials found a short-notice opponent for Cormier as former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva stepped in to take Jones’ spot and square off with the reigning light heavyweight champion in a 3-round non-title bout.

Jones is facing a potential two-year suspension, but he will be given the right to file an appeal before any sanctions are determined. –

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