Jon Jones VADA Test Results Come Back Positive Again

And the drama continues… Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) tested Jon Jones positive of the long-term oral Turinabol metabolite again, in relation to his UFC 232 title match against Alexander Gustafsson last month. 

Albeit piling up an impressive track, UFC light heavyweight champion Jones 

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The American fighter was subjected to an in-competition drug testing for UFC 232 on the day of the weigh-ins, December 28. A day after, he destroyed Gustafsson via a third-round TKO at The Forum in Inglewood to regain the light heavyweight title.

According to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), 33 picograms of 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3) (or DHMCT) was detected in Jones’ body. It was the same long-term oral Turinabol metabolite that has plagued the light heavyweight king for a year.

 

According to CSAC’s executive officer Andy Foster, the commission will not be taking any disciplinary action since tests showed no evidence of Jones re-administering a banned substance.

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Recurring Metabolite

In an interview with MMA Fighting, Foster said he checked the results again this week with Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) lab director Dr Daniel Eichner. The scientist stood by his previous statement that Jones used no performance-enhancing benefits during the match.

“I spoke with the scientists. They stand by their original statement. Nothing has changed. We’ve already punished Jon Jones for the M3 metabolite, which is a long-term metabolite. There are no grounds to charge somebody twice for the same violation,” Foster said.

UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky has also supported the idea that the M3 metabolite is a recurring element. He was not surprised that its traces were still in Jones’ system and “pulsing” or showing up at different times.

Novitzky said experts have theorized that the metabolite pops up in drug tests when Jones is cutting weight or doing heavy exercise, which could explain why the weigh-in day ensued an abnormal reading.

“Science-wise, it does make some sense. Once again, there was no parent compound and none of the short- or medium-term metabolites, which tend to stick around for three or weeks So this is even more indicative that for whatever reason this long-term metabolite is just hanging around in these tissues and they get expressed when you’re going through weight loss,” Novitzky said in an interview with MMA Fighting.

Various Factors

However, Novitzky also said that the recurring metabolite doesn’t automatically indicate no re-administration. Authorities are looking at various factors every time they trace the element in Jones’ system.

Similar to CSAC, USADA will not be taking any disciplinary measure at the moment. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported the same news on his Twitter account and said the Nevada Commission will push through Jones’ next court appearance on January 29 in relation to his 2017 case.

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