The worst possible outcome of UFC 214 has happened, and Dana White is not happy…
Breaking late last night was the news nobody wanted to hear. After defeating Daniel Cormier by knockout at UFC 214, Jon Jones has popped for steroids. Considering his history with drugs and scandal, this could well be the final nail in the coffin of Jones’ career.
Testing by USADA revealed Jones had anabolic steroid Turinabol in his system. The drug is an orally ingested steroid used for lean muscle growth and is relatively ‘safe’ in comparison to similar drugs.
Clearly, this is a dire situation, not only for Jones, but for the 205-pound division and the promotion.
Dana White’s Statement
Speaking with MMAJunkie.com, UFC president Dana White was clearly stricken by the news:
“If it ends up getting two or three (drug violations), it might be the end of his career,” White said Tuesday during a media scrum at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “So to talk about his legacy, it’s probably the end of his career.”
“As far as I’m concerned, Cormier would be the champion (if Jones is suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency),” White said. “The only guy he’s ever lost to in his whole career is Jon Jones. He was the champ; he’s the champion if Jones isn’t.”
“It’s brutal,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. I’m sure I feel the same way every one of you felt when you heard. I always know what to say. I don’t know what to say about this one.”
“His dad said in that (video) – Jon’s his own worst enemy,” White said. “Boy is that true. But it’s not over yet. He’s got to go through the process. Maybe there was something crazy for this stuff to get in his system.”
Continue reading below for the official UFC statement…
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation.
Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA. USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.
Certainly, if USADA seeks the maximum four-year penalty, Jones’ career would lay in absolute tatters. Such a sad situation for a truly talented young man to again find himself embroiled.