Jon Jones, one of UFC’s biggest stars, failed his second drug test in two years before his latest title fight.
Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turnibol before beating light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 and may be banned up to four years, according to TMZ.
In light of the failed test, Jones will have to give back Cormier the title, who he beat via knockout with a kick to the head and multiple punches.
“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," UFC said in a statement.
“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, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.”
Jones failed a USADA drug test in 2016 prior to fighting at UFC 200 and was suspended for a year.
His excuse then was that a male enhancement pill he took contained a banned substance. At the time, Jones insisted he was not trying to get a competitive edge.