Jon Jones repeatedly tested positive for anabolic steroids over the previous 5 months but that won’t stop him from fighting against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232.
Jon “Bones” Jones will fight against Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 232 in Inglewood, California on December 29, 2018. The fact that Jones tested positive for Oral Turinabol metabolites repeatedly over the last several months will not stop him.
In fact, both the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the UFC have given Jones the green light to compete. The two organizations have both defended Jones. They insisted that the mixed martial arts athlete has not used anabolic steroids since he “unknowingly” ingested Oral Turinabol prior to a drug sample collected on July 28, 2017.
USADA Statement on Jon Jones Sample and UFC Anti-Doping Policy pic.twitter.com/TJfbJB5X9W
— USADA (@usantidoping) December 23, 2018
USADA concluded that the long-acting metabolites of Oral Turinabol present in recent drug tests was “consistent with residual amounts from his prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned”. In other words, USADA wants everyone to believe that the steroid metabolites have remained in his body for over 18 months after he last ingested Oral Turinabol.
When Jones’ positive steroid test does NOT mean Jones tested positive for steroids.
UFC President Dana White and Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky both made the incredible claim that Jones did NOT test positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) metabolites despite the analytical evidence that found DHCMT in Jones’ urine sample. And technically, this may be true.
Apparently, the fact that the presence of steroids was confirmed by a WADA-accredited laboratory does not necessarily mean the sample is positive for steroids. It merely represents an “atypical finding”. Consequently, White and Novitzky can say with a straight face that there was no steroid positive; there was no failed drug test, and; there was no anti-doping violation.
White, Novitzky and USADA all initially seemed to indicate that DHCMT was found in a single sample collected on December 9, 2018. Everyone was led to believe that Jones had passed every other drug test since July 2017. This was not true.
Jones also tested positive for DHCMT in samples collected on August 29, 2018 and September 18, 2018, The samples contained 8 pg/ml and 19 pg/ml of DHCMT M3, respectively. The December 9th sample contained 60 pg/ml.
To make matters worse, the UFC and USADA originally suggested that Jones had only tested positive for DHCMT in one sample – the one collected on December 9, 2018. UFC President White even blatantly lied about Jones passing all other drug tests except for the December 9th test.
This apparent lie has further hurt the UFC’s credibility in the matter. The UFC has predictably and historically gone out of its way to defend Jones. Novitzky, in particular, has notably been one of Jon Jones top cheerleaders and has proclaimed Jones’ innocence for years.
Novitzky would likely remain a Jones dickrider even if Jones continued to test positive for Oral Turinabol again and again in the future. Novitzky asserted, without any evidence, that DHCMT metabolites could remain in Jones’ body forever and ever. So even if Jones tests fails another drug, Novitzky will eagerly jump on for another ride.
Final thought on this whole Jones/USADA Fiasco.
If Dana and Jeff Novitzky had come out on Monday and told the truth. That Jones had tested positive multiple times over the last six months, that there was a pattern of this metabolite showing up, that USADA had conducted a…
— Dave/Dim (@dimspace) December 28, 2018