UFC 232 Moved After Jones’ USADA Test

For the first time since UFC 12, the organization has been forced to relocate an event, as UFC 232 will now take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

The news came on Sunday, as the event would be moved from the T-Mobile arena due to an issue surrounding former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is in the main event against Alexander Gustafsson.

The concern began earlier this week when USADA reported an atypical result from a December 9th drug test submitted by Jones.

Per ESPN, the result showed the presences of a longterm M3 metabolite, the same thing Jones tested positive for prior to his UFC 214 fight against Daniel Cormier. Jones was fined and handed an 18-month sentence from the California State Athletic Commission following the UFC stripping him of the light heavyweight title.

UFC Vice President of athlete health and performance, Jeff Novitzky claimed to ESPN that USADA did not view the detection as a “positive test,” but the time it would take to clear him for a fight in Nevada could not be completed in time for the card on December 29th.

Per ESPN, all fights originally scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena will follow to The Forum.

 

Initial Report: ESPN

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