The 30-year-old MMA star has tested positive for steroids during his July 29 victory
JON JONES will be stripped of his UFC title after testing positive for steroids.
The 30-year-old tested positive during the weigh-in for his last fight against Daniel Cormier.
Jones knocked out Cormier during their battle at UFC 214 on July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The title will be handed back to Cormier and Jones could face a ban of up to four years.
It’s the second time Jones has failed a drugs test by the US Anti-Doping Agency having done so before UFC 200 last year.
A UFC statement read: “The UFC organisation was notified today that the US 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.
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“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 judgement of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.”
UFC president Dana White was sat in a Las Vegas studio for a recording of his Tuesday night contender series when the shocking news broke.
The shaven headed MMA kingpin was all smiles watching young amateur stars fight for a UFC contract but he turned beetroot-red as the shock news broke.
A shell-shocked White said: “He has not been stripped yet but he has got to go through the process.”
Jones’ camp released a statement to MMA Fighting protesting his innocence.
The statement read: “We are all at a complete loss for words right now.
“Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation.
“We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.”
With Brock Lesnar sticking to WWE despite the all-out from Jones after his now-tainted and void win over Daniel Cormier, Jones was set to face Stipe Miocic for his heavyweight crown at the end of 2017.
That dream is up in smoke and compounds how important Conor McGregor is to the recently purchased four-billion dollar company.