USADA reveals Jon Jones’ “B” sample from out of competition test also positive for banned substance

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Jon Jones (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today Sports)

The Jon Jones saga will continue behind the scenes for the time being, as his team will work to appeal findings from USADA after the testing of his B sample.

Jones was flagged for a potential violation stemming from a June 16 out of competition test, and with the results being confirmed in the A sample this week he was notified, then pulled from the UFC 200 card. His team immediately opted to have the B sample tested, and USADA revealed on Friday that the tests came back positive for the same substance – or substances – as the A sample.

Those exact substances have yet to be revealed, and won’t be until Jones’ team decides to release that information or until the reach some settlement agreement with USADA via appeal. For now, Jones faces up to a two year sanction from USADA, and will likely need to appear in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission for punishment as well.

Penick’s Analysis: This was pretty much a formality, and it was going to be unlikely that this sample came up any differently. Now lab error is out of the conversation, and Jones and his team have to go about figuring out what led to the positive sample and try to argue their point. Whether they have any success or not will play out in the next month as they try to appeal, and we’ll find out Jones’ future from there.

[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]

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