Jon Jones ‘B’ sample comes back positive for steroid turinabol

USADA has confirmed that Jon Jones' 'B' sample was also positive for steroids

Jon Jones ‘B’ sample has also returned positive for the steroid turinabol.

USADA officials confirmed on Tuesday night that the ‘B’ sample collected from Jones on July 28 had been tested and returned the same results as his ‘A’ sample.

“Mr. Jones B sample has confirmed the A sample findings,’ a USADA spokersperson said in a statement. “Importantly – as previously stated – due process should occur before drawing any conclusions about this matter.”

It’s not much of a surprise that the ‘B’ sample returned the same positive result at the ‘A’ sample. When USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) collects a sample from an athlete, the specimen is split into two parts with one being tested right away and the second being stored in case another test is required.

Rarely does a ‘B’ sample ever return a result that doesn’t confirm the ‘A’ sample findings.

Now Jones’ sample being confirmed for the anabolic steroid turinabol doesn’t convict him of anything yet because the UFC light heavyweight champion is still afforded an adjudication process through USADA.

Jones’ team has already claimed that he was likely the victim of a tainted supplement given the fact that he took a previous drug test on July 6 and July 7 and passed both of them with no banned substances being found.

While athletes have often times been given reduced sentences as a result of a tainted supplement being discovered, Jones may still end up in hot water given that was the same excuse he used last year when he tested positive for two different banned substances ahead of his scheduled fight at UFC 200.

In that case, Jones tested positive for clomiphene and Letrozol, which were later discovered as substances found in an off-market sexual enhancement product he had purchased. While USADA ultimately ruled that Jones had not purposefully cheated, they still handed him a one-year suspension for negligence in the matter.

The suspension was just lifted in July when Jones became eligible for his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Now Jones faced a potential suspension of up to four years because he is a repeat offender.

Jones also must face a potential punishment from the California State Athletic Commission because they were overseeing his fight against Cormier in July. Jones won that fight by knockout in the third round but California could potentially rule to overturn the result to a no contest based on a positive drug test.

For now, Jones remains under provisional suspension while awaiting any potential appeal he might file in the matter. Jones could also end up in arbitration with USADA, which is the same process he went through last year before being suspended for 12 months.

There’s no exact timeline on when the situation with Jones will play out, but it’s likely to be several months before any potential penalty is handed out.

As of now, Jones remains the UFC light heavyweight champion and the promotion has made no further statement regarding his title reign.

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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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