Jones Had Turinabol In System As Early As August
The big news of the week has been Jon Jones testing positive with a residual trace of Turinabol in his system on December 9th. That news uprooted the UFC from Las Vegas to Los Angeles the same way the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis, quick, sudden, and leaving people wondering what happened.
Now, less than 36 hours until fight night, it has come out that Jon Jones tested positive for similar levels of Turinabol even earlier than December 9th, multiple times.
As it turns out, those “atypical findings” started as far back as August 29th, where the former light heavyweight champion tested positive for 8 picograms.
A picogram is 0.000 000 000 001 of a gram, and could be a sign of microdosing or the sign of a prior use of the performance enhancer. On September 18th, Jones would be found with 19 picograms of turinabol in his system, the last dirty test he would have between then and December 9th, where he would pass four tests on September 21st, October 2nd and 11th, and November 14th.
“I think it was December 6th, [USADA] sent a letter to us and they sent a letter to the Nevada state athletic commission saying, ‘Just you’re aware, over the last six months, early in this six months we’ve seen a reemergence of this long-term in Jon’s samples,’” UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzky, told Joe Rogan on Thursday’s edition of the Joe Rogan Experience.
“That’s all good, Nevada gets this. I talk with them, they’re like, ‘Whoa, this is concerning, but we don’t see anything in our jurisdiction here, so I certainly hope that no subsequent tests show up positive because that could be an issue.’” Novitzky said.
“And sure enough, USADA collects a sample from Jon on 12/9, they expedited the results because they knew a fight was coming up and they do that now when fights are close or the collections are done close to a fight, and here he pulses back up to between 60 and 80 picograms.”
The final drug test, where the number jumps to between 60-80 picograms, is what caused the investigation into Jones’ tests and forced UFC 232 to Los Angeles, where the Athletic Commission there has been keeping their eye on Jones due to his failed 2017 test falling under their jurisdiction for UFC 214 in Anaheim.
Jon Jones headlines against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on December 29th for the UFC light heavyweight title in Los Angeles, California.