Jon Jones Passes Polygraph
Jon Jones’ efforts to prove his innocence took an interesting turn in December, when the former light heavyweight champion took a polygraph test. Jones took the test to prove that he never knowingly took Turinabol, an anabolic steroid, or any other performance-enhancing substance prior to his UFC 214 fight against Daniel Cormier.
The test was conducted by the PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Jones lives and trains, on December 7th. According to sources, Jones commissioned the test himself and neither the UFC nor the United States Anti-Doping Agency asked Jones to take the test.
Less than a month after his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, USADA announced that Jones had failed a drug test on July 28th, a day before his third-round TKO win over Cormier. Since the announcement on August 22nd, both Jones and his management team have categorically denied the fact that Jones knowingly took any banned substance prior to the fight and vowed to fight the failed test. As result of the test, the California State Athletic Commission took away the victory from Jones, and changed the result of the fight to a no-contest and Cormier was awarded the light heavyweight title once again.
Even though Jones was initially provisionally suspended by USADA in August, the former light heavyweight champion has yet to be handed an official punishment by the CSAC or USADA. His CSAC hearing is currently scheduled to take place next month.
In 2016, Jones tested positive for two banned substances, Letrozol and clomiphene, prior to UFC 200. He was suspended one year after arbitrators deemed he was negligent in taking a sexual-performance pill that caused him to test positive.