USADA Update: Jon Jones Hasn’t Been Tested For 41 Weeks
The latest USADA data release has been issued and there’s some interesting things to look into, especially when it comes to Jon Jones.
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Jon Jones hasn’t been tested for 41 weeks
It’s a somewhat surprising fact given his testing history, but former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones hasn’t provided a sample to USADA for 41 weeks.
Jones of course was cited for a second failure of the USADA program following his fight with Daniel Cormier this time last year at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.
On Aug. 22, Jones allegedly tested positive for Turinabol. He was then, and still to this day, placed on a provisional suspension and it later emerged in mid-September 2017 that both his “A” and “B” samples tested positive for the substance.
At this point in time, Jones is still awaiting his hearing to hear of his suspension from USADA, however, somewhat surprisingly, the latest data shows that he’s not been tested since mid-October 2017.
Possible theories for Jones’ lack of samples include:
1) USADA simply haven’t tried to test him.
2) USADA have tried to test him and not been able to locate him i.e. he has been given whereabouts strikes.
3) Jones is no longer in the USADA testing pool.
Why he’s not been tested of late remains a mystery, though it’s possible a full explanation could come to light once his hearing has taken place. This is something to keep an eye on.
Two surprising names top 2018 most tested
If you took a guess at who would’ve provided the most samples this year, Donald Cerrone or the now retired Rashad Evans probably wouldn’t have been close to the top of your list.
Fact is both Cerrone and Evans have provided 11 samples this calendar year, that’s one more than middleweight Yoel Romero.
Why? Well looking into the weekly data, both Evans and Cerrone were hit with a double test in one week, thus provided four samples in seven days.
Interestingly UFC double-weight world champion Daniel Cormier was hit with the same double testing treatment two weeks after his fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in early July.
Cormier tops the list for most number of sessions with 26. Romero (25) and Cristiane Justino aka. “Cyborg” (24), Holly Holm (24) and Vitor Belfort (24) follow shortly behind.
No MMA article would be complete without a mention of Conor McGregor who tops the all time list for most samples provided with 39, 11 of which were provided prior to his boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.
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