One of the biggest MMA event of the year UFC 232 has been shifted from Las Vegas from the state of Nevada to Los Angeles, California after a very abnormal finding in his drug test forced the Nevada State Athletic Commission not giving Jon Jones a license to compete for this weekend’s mega fight against Alexander Gustafsson.
Jone Jones’s urine sample found traces of Turinabol in his system. This is the same drugs he got banned for when he tested positive for it last year after he won his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. He was later suspended for 15-months.
According to ESPN, the USADA determined Jones’s positive test this time around was because of a residual amount of the substance that lingered in Jones’s system from 2017. However, Nevada didn’t want to rush the investigation and decided against granting Jones a license.
United States Anti-doping agency notified NSAC about an extremely low amount of prohibited substance in Jones’s system from a sample taken on Dec. 9 which according to USADA is “consistent with residual amounts from his prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned.”
However, Alexander Gustafsson now has made up his mind on Jon Jones and he now believes that Jones is definitely a cheater.
“Yes, I do (believe he’s a cheater),” Gustafsson told reporters, at the UFC 232 pre-fight news conference. “Yes, I do. This guy is not confident. He has to put (expletive) in his body to be confident. That’s all it is.”
“It’s good that you actually believe that a microscopic (picogram) has allowed me to be more confident,” Jones said in response. “I’m glad that you believe that.”
Alexander Gustafsson is not concerned if Jones is taking PEDs or not as he has promised to beat him anyways and there’s nothing that can stop him from winning.
“It won’t help you this time,” Gustafsson said. “There’s illegal stuff in your body. … Whatever this guy’s saying, it’s just bull(expletive). He’s terrible. It’s just terrible. He’s terrible. I’m here to fight.
“Whatever this guy is saying, you can’t take it seriously. He’s just terrible. He is terrible. He will eat it. He will eat it on Saturday night. I’m telling you. He will eat everything on Saturday night.”