On the night of UFC 214, Jon Jones passed a blood test administered by USADA, according to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani. The post-fight blood test was taken after Jones defeated Daniel Cormier to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
MMAJunkie reached out to USADA, who have confirmed that Turinabol is screened by WADA using a urine test. This is likely why the drug would not turn up in Jones’ blood test the next day.
This was a day after Jones took a pre-fight urine test that flagged positive for the steroid Turinabol. It was announced on August 22nd that Jones had failed the scheduled pre-fight drug test.
Jones has yet to be stripped of his Light Heavyweight Championship, as the California State Athletic Commission is waiting on the results on Jones “B” sample. If Jones’ “B” sample tests positive, he would likely receive a 4 year suspension and be stripped of his championship.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has already questioned the oddity of Jones testing positive for a steroid the day before a fight, even though Jones passed previous random drug tests.
“This entire situation doesn’t make any sense to me,” CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster told MMAJunkie, “It just doesn’t. We’ve got to figure this out because this is just crazy.
I know he’s already been extremely careless once in his career … but none of this makes any sense. That’s why I think it’s very important that we vet this and look at all the available evidence before we jump to conclusions and hang this guy out to dry.”
According to MMAFighting, it will likely take a couple more weeks for Jones’ “B” sample to be processed.