After failing the first drug test of his career and taking a lot of wind out of the UFC 200 sails, it looks like Jon Jones might be avoiding trouble once again. As reported by Luke Thomas, Dana White was quoted as saying that it’s looking like Jon Jones didn’t actually knowingly take a banned substance, and that things “look good”.
This likely means that Jones and his team were able to prove that the failed drug test was due to a tainted supplement, which is a defense that has worked in the past, for example with Yoel Romero. Basically if the fighter and their team can submit the supplement the fighter was taking to be tested, and USADA can pull another version of the same supplement off the shelf, and if both of those supplements test positive for the drug, it’s reasonable to assume that the fighter didn’t realize they were taking tainted supplements.
While it may open up certain loopholes in rare situations, it helps prevent fighters who weren’t even trying to take PEDs from getting the minimum 2 year ban for first offenders. Of course, every fighter is responsible for what they put into their bodies, and ideally they should be sending all of their supplements away to get tested first before taking that, but that just isn’t very practical. It’s a shame we can’t always trust products off of the shelves to be free from steroids or other performance enhancing substances.
“I don’t even know if this is public. I didn’t know if I can talk about it,” White said. “Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can’t do it. It’s looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug everybody thought he took. It looks like it’s something else.”
What could that something else be? Is there something that could create a false-positive for estrogen blockers? The fact that Dana White said it’s good news means that whatever it is that Jones was on, it’s probabally not as bad as estrogen blockers and will ultimately get him a reduced, or maybe even no suspension at all. Good news for people who like to watch the world’s best fighter, bad news for the LHW division.
Jon Jones has made a career out of second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth… chances, and always narrowly escaping getting in any real trouble, but if he’s innocent this time around then he’s innocent and that’s that. It sounds like we might be seeing Jones compete again much sooner than anyone expected.
Here’s what Jones himself had to say on the topic, in a recent Instagram post:
“I’m sure you guys are curious about what’s going on with this USADA situation. Obviously I can’t get into it because it’s still pending, but what I can say is that we have found out lots of really good news, and I am expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon.”
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