Hey, guess who’s had some questionable drug tests results come back prior to his UFC 235 main event fight against Anthony Smith?
If you guessed current light-heavyweight champ and avid party animal Jon Jones… wow. How did you ever guess that?
I think it’s time we accept the fact that Jones is using a very special masking agent for his steroid use. And that masking agent is called USADA. Anyway, here’s MMAFighting:
Two Jones drug-test results from earlier this month came back positive for trace amounts of the metabolite for the prohibited steroid oral Turinabol, sources told MMA Fighting. The atypical findings stemmed from samples collected Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. The tests were administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and analyzed at the WADA-accredited SMRTL lab in Salt Lake City.
This is the same long-term metabolite — 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3) (or DHMCT) — that experts believe has been in Jones’ system for at least more than a year. Jones will be cleared to fight by the NAC, because experts believe this is the same long-term metabolite found in Jones’ system in relation to UFC 214 in July 2017 and he was already suspended 15 months by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, for that violation.
Jones, 31, also tested clean with no presence of the M3 metabolite multiple times since he beat Alexander Gustafsson to win back the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
The Feb. 14 sample came back with 40 picograms per milliliter of DHCMT and the Feb. 15 sample back with 20 picograms per milliliter. Experts have said the amount of picograms is largely irrelevant. The more significant indicator is that it’s the long-term metabolite and not anything shorter term, experts have said.