Jon Jones has once again tested positive for trace amounts of turinabol metabolites during a VADA administered pre-weigh-in urine test at UFC 232 in December.
The California State Athletic Commission had requested that Jones undergo VADA testing as well as his usual USADA testing after the fight was switched from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on short notice last month after the star tested positive for the same microscopic amounts of the same substance.
At the time the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that there wasn’t enough time for the matter to be fully investigated, meaning the fight couldn’t go ahead there, but CSAC allowed it on the grounds that experts believed this was just a residual amount of the substance left in his system from the last time Jones was suspended back in 2017.
With that in mind, CSAC chief Andy Foster is continuing to stand by that explanation after word of yesterday’s results emerged.
“I spoke with the scientists,” Foster said. “They stand by their original statement. Nothing has changed. We’ve already punished Jon Jones for the M3 metabolite, which is a long-term metabolite. There’s no grounds to charge somebody twice for the same violation.”
Jones still has to go through a seperate NSAC hearing later this month to discover if they feel the same way, but in the mean time he’s scheduled to fight Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March.