JON JONES FAILS HIS VADA DRUG TEST THIS TIME
Las Vegas, NV (January 24th, 2019)– UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones hasn’t gotten rid of the steroid metabolite that upended his career.
Jon Jones, 31, tested positive once for the long-term M3 metabolite of oral turinabol, according to drug tests administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency. The results were released Wednesday by the California State Athletic Commission after a public records request from MMAjunkie.
Jones’ Dec. 28 test had 33 picograms of the M3 metabolite of oral turinabol; his Dec. 29 test came back negative. According to CSAC executive director Andy Foster, Jones had an undisclosed number of additional tests this month that have turned up negative.
The World Anti-Doping agency-approved laboratory that processed his samples certified they weren’t performance-enhancing, according to Foster, who made clear the CSAC has no plan to discipline Jones.
Jones’ latest drug test results appear to back the conclusion of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which determined the metabolite found prior to UFC 232 was a residual amount from the same one that resulted in a 15-month suspension.
Experts consulted by USADA and the UFC concluded the positive test – later revealed to be one of several positive and negative results since this past August – was the result of a “pulsing effect” of the metabolite, which theoretically could stay in Jones’ body indefinitely.
The latest samples come from Jones’ enrollment with VADA, which was ordered by the CSAC after a Dec. 9 drug test revealed trace amounts of the M3 metabolite. As MMAjunkie previously reported, Jones is subject to VADA testing for three to six months at a cost of $22,000 to the CSAC.
Jones, who’s also subject to out-of-competition testing by USADA, previously had tested positive on two occasions for similarly low levels while also passing five tests between August and November of 2018.
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