Daniel Cormier, other MMA fighters react to UFC 232 changing locations

25 December, 2018, 09:12 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Jones's victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in 2017 was recorded as a no-contest

Jon Jones once again tested positive for banned substance Turinabol but his light heavyweight championship fight with Alexander Gustafsson will push through after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) found the circumstances excusable.

The reason was because of an abnormality found in Jon Jones drug test that he took earlier this month that produced a trace amount of turinabol, which is the same substance Jones tested positive for in 2017 that led to the 15-month suspension.

The California State Athletic Commission had just recently re-issued Jones a license and after reviewing the latest test results as well as having Jones undergo another test, they felt comfortable with the card being moved to Los Angeles on short notice. He has offered refunds to fans who had tickets for Las Vegas who now can not attend.

The late turn of events will be a logistical nightmare for so many people, including fans, fighters and media who have already planned their trip to Vegas - and the UFC world was stunned by the insane development.

And former UFC fighter David Michaud tweeted to suggest that any trips involving a Jon Jones fight should always include contingency plans.

"There's not enough time for Nevada to do this, so we're moving the event to California where the commission has already dealt with Jon Jones".

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Jones has failed a total of three drugs tests three times in the past. It said Jones is not facing proceedings for violating UFC anti-doping policy.

Novitzky said the amount of the long-term metabolite in Jones' system was like a "a grain of salt split into 50 million pieces".

"Everybody here and everybody I just mentioned 100 percent believes Jon Jones is innocent. They should fight. It's the right thing to do". Jones (22-1) is scheduled to meet Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) for the light heavyweight title.

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.

Unsurprisingly, Jones' big rival and current two-division world champion Daniel Cormier, posted to Twitter when the news broke, calling the situation "a joke".

Jones vs. Gustafsson now headlines the new UFC 232 card from Los Angeles with tickets to The Forum going on sale this Wednesday, Dec. 26.

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