Jon Jones’ B sample also tested positive at UFC 214.
UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky confirmed the results to MMAjunkie tonight that Jones’ B sample has come back positive for metabolites of turinabol, the same steroid found in his urine during a pre-fight test for his title win over Daniel Cormier via knockout at the July 29 pay-per-view event in Anaheim, Calif.
ESPN.com was first to report the news.
I'm not going to sugar-coat this article in any way, shape or form, because this whole story genuinely sucks.
Everyone should know by now that I am a huge Jon Jones supporter, and am someone who stood with him through everything these past 2 years, always believing that he would emerge from the cloud of smoke a better person, and better fighter. However, I have absolutely no problem admitting that I was wrong. I flat out was wrong about Jon Jones the person and the athlete.
Jon Jones achieved success in MMA like no one we have ever, and probably ever will see, and he did it all at such a young age that people were placing him amongst the Silva's, GSP's, and Fedor's of the sport. He was not only considered an All-Time great, but was largely considered THE All-Time great.
Now, his legacy will seemingly be nothing more than a great fighter, who let the outside world destroy what could, and SHOULD have been the greatest career in the history of mixed martial arts.
The thing that makes his steroid use such an issue is that people (myself included), were going to bat for him over the drug use, the stupidity, and the embarrassments that he accumulated outside of the octagon, because we always held onto the belief that Jon Jones was the greatest fighter we had ever seen, and he was doing it the RIGHT way. Never once during his reign at the top did anyone question if he was doing it with or without steroids, because you take one look at Jon Jones and he looks nothing like a chronic steroid user. The lanky, 6'4 fighter who could beat you with his hands, his elbows, his wrestling and his jiu-jitsu seemed like the last candidate for the cheater of the year award. Now, we can't say for sure how long Jones has been using, and we likely will never know the truth, but the fact of the matter is that it happened, and happened more than once.
In less than a month's time, Jon Jones went from solidifying himself as the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, to a washout. A bum. A cheater. The biggest disappointment in the history of sports. You name it, he's probably been called it, and I for one, will not be there to defend him this time around.
MMA is not like baseball, where using steroids will do nothing to the game other than see more homeruns hit. Steroids have no place in MMA because there are people's lives at risk every single time they step into the cage.
Jon Jones is facing a suspension of up to 4-years, and in my honest opinion, even if he gets 1-year, it is time for him to walk away from the sport forever. Let us move on. Let us regroup, find a new king to crown, or move back to our former king Anderson Silva. Jon Jones will forever have an impact on the UFC and MMA, but at this point in time, it is not a good one, and not one that he or any one from his team will be proud of.
My mood on this situation forever: