Jon Jones’ camp have released a statement claiming the stripped light-heavyweight champion is ‘crushed’ by the revelation that he tested positive for steroids a day prior to his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

“We are all at a complete loss for words right now,” Jones’ manager Malki Kawa said in a statement.  “Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.”

Meanwhile, one of Jones’ coaches, Frank Lester, who was with the star when he first received the news from USADA, has leapt to his defense and claimed this is all a set-up.

““No athlete would test clean his entire fight camp, and then randomly take some cheap (expletive) oral steroid betweens weigh ins and fight night knowing he would be tested once he got done fighting,” Lester wrote on Facebook. “This is a straight set up. They are trying to ruin this kids life. It makes no sense and Jon wouldn’t do it.”

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