Jones To Skip VADA Testing Heading Into UFC 232
Last week, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was granted a temporary license by the California State Athletic Commission.
One of the topics of discussion brought up in last week’s hearing was the possibility of Jones undergoing not only USADA testing (the UFC’s anti-doping partner), but also VADA testing. The testing initially offered to be paid by the state via a $205,000 fine paid by Jones, was conditionally agreed upon by Jones and his legal team.
On Wednesday, CSAC executive director Andy Foster would tell MMAJunkie, that Jones and his attorney had not made a final decision.
“I, for one, would like to put the doubts to sleep and to put them away once and for all,” commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez told Jones at a hearing last week in the state capital of Sacramento. “And for people to believe you, that you are that talented and that you are the greatest, and that you can win a fight just clean, and that this is Jon Jones, and to put those doubts away once and for all.”
“We need to see what exactly it is that we’re agreeing to, as far as what VADA is testing for, when they test, what their restrictions are,” Jones lawyer Howard Jacobs said to the Commission.
Jacobs in a conversation with MMAJunkie confirmed that there were “issues” with their proposal for VADA testing, which would call on Jones to be tested only for performance-enhancers and not “drugs of abuse.”
Jones will now be subject to testing by the Nevada State Athletic Comission as well as USADA between now and December 29th when he faces Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Initial Report: MMAJunkie