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Jon Jones Releases Statement After UFC 232 Is Moved to L.A. Due to Abnormal Drug Test

Jon Jones has released his first statement after UFC 232 was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on Sunday due to an adverse drug test result.

Jon Jones has released his first statement after UFC 232 was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on Sunday due to an adverse drug test result.

According to USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), Jones was given an out-of-competition drug test on Dec. 9 and the results showed trace amounts of Turinabol, the same anabolic steroid that appeared in his system last July following his fight against Daniel Cormier.

USADA ultimately ruled that the latest positive drug test was just residual traces from that original test last year and there would be no sanctions handed down to Jones as a result.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission decided not to allow Jones’ fight against Alexander Gustafsson to move forward without more time to investigate the situation. So the UFC decided to move the entire card to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, after the California State Athletic Commission decided they would allow the fight to take place there.

The California Commission had just recently approved Jones for a new license following his previous failed drug test in the state and after reviewing the test results as well as having the former champion undergo another test, they would allow him to compete in the state.

Now Jones will move forward with his fight against Gustafsson and he broke his silence on the situation in a statement released via Twitter.

“I’m focused on achieving my ultimate goal of reclaiming my light heavyweight title,” Jones wrote. “I have willingly submitted to every USADA test in the lead up to this fight and USADA has confirmed what I’ve been saying all along, that I’m a clean athlete. I sincerely thank the California State Athletic Commission and Andy Foster for doing the right thing and supporting me through this process.

“I cannot wait to fight Alex Gustafsson this Saturday December 29th at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood.”

Jones faces Gustafsson in his first fight back after a 15-month suspension following the positive drug test last year.

Tickets for the new UFC 232 card in Los Angeles will go on sale on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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