UFC 232 Moved From Vegas To California After Jones’ Drug Test Result

Jon Jones weighing in before UFC 182 in 2015

Jon Jones weighing in before UFC 182 in 2015

Daniel Cormier was one of the first fighters to voice his opinion on the news that UFC 232 was being moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles due to a drug test failure by Jon Jones.

Novitzky also confirmed there had been "no violation of the anti-doping program" by Jones, while the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who alerted the NSAC to the abnormality in Jones' test, believes the "extremely low level" of the substance found "is consistent with residual amounts from his prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned".

A urine sample on December 9 found an abnormal level of the steroid turinabol, which Jones failed a test for in 2017 after beating Daniel Cormier by knock-out.

That second post on his page was enough for Jones to finally pay attention and reply.

UFC President Dana White outlined that despite Jones being unable to obtain a licence the 22-1 light-heavyweight didn't actually do anything wrong in this instance. 'And probably more importantly, he retains no performance-enhancing benefits from the small presence of the substance'.

Cormier tweeted: 'He tested positive again!' while fellow fighter Ben Askren turned the spotlight onto UFC president Dana White, writing: 'Remember that time Dana said Jon Jones would never main event again. um yeah'.

"Everybody here and everybody I just mentioned 100 percent believes Jon Jones is innocent".

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He added that the commission in California "has already dealt with Jon Jones and have all the facts, they have everything". "This is not a mistake I made".

"Jon Jones has trained for this fight", he said.

White said if there was any doubt over Jones playing by the rules, the fight would be scrapped and the co-main event between Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg would be promoted to the headliner.

Former world heavyweight champion Frank Mir saw his UFC career ended by a hotly-disputed anti-doping case with USADA, and he sees parallels with Jones' situation, but very different approaches by the anti-doping administrators.

Jones has twice been stripped of the LHW title: over the positive drug test, and over a 2015 hit-and-run incident involving a pregnant woman. I've been feeling the frustration of the fans, I'll do what I can to make it right.

The UFC's year-ender will now take place in The Forum in Inglewood.

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