Jon Jones has said he never knowingly took banned substances, and his lawyer’s reporting that a test confirms the light-heavyweight took a contaminated product.
Jones was pulled from a July 9th fight with Daniel Cormier, just a couple of days before UFC 200, after being flagged for banned substances. Since then it’s been revealed that Jones allegedly tested positive for hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole.
Back in August, Jones said he had received “good news” and that he believed he would be back in the Octagon soon. Well, now a couple of months later, “Bones'” lawyer Howard Jacobs reported the following on The Luke Thomas Show (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“We’ve been able to establish the source of the prohibited substances,” Jacobs said. “It came from a product that Jon took that was not labelled with either of these substances. We had it tested; the product was contaminated with both of them. I know USADA also independently had the product tested; their testing confirms what we found. We then sent essentially the same pills that we had had tested to be tested by USADA’s lab, which also found the same thing. Pretty much every time it’s been tested, it’s shown that the product is contaminated with both clomiphene and Letrozole.”
So there you have it. Assuming the tests were accurate, then chances are Jones will receive a reduced suspension. Fighters like Yoel Romero and Tim Means were both able to demonstrate that products they took contained banned substances, which weren’t disclosed on the labels. In both cases, they received reduced suspensions and Means has already fought again (he stopped Sabah Homasi in August).
Romero, meanwhile, is scheduled to face Chris Weidman at UFC 205, November 12th.