SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 2/2: It’s Groundhog Day and Turinabol appears in latest Jon Jones drug test results, Jose Aldo looking ahead to fighting Anthony Pettis, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Jon Jones (artist Grant Gould © MMATorch)


Jon Jones’ latest drug test results are in, and once again, trace amounts of the long-term metabolite for Turinabol have appeared in Jones’ system.

The results which were first reported by Marc Raimondi at MMA Fighting were from tests taken on January 6 and 7 by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency and reported to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Jones has had similar abnormal results in tests dating back to Aug. 2018.

Another test taken on January 13, showed no trace of the Turinabol metabolite. Raimondi’s report also notes that no short or medium term metabolites were present in the Jan. 6 and 7 tests, only the long-term metabolite.

USADA and the CSAC have been arguing that the Turinabol has been showing up in Jones’ system, dating back to the July 2017 failure that Jones served a 15-month suspension for. They do not feel that he is gaining any performance-enhancing benefit from the metabolites and they also don’t feel there has been any new use. Jones has been consistent in his denial that he knowingly took Turinabol.

Jones was granted a one-fight license this week to fight in Nevada in a light heavyweight title defense against Anthony Smith. The fight will take place at UFC 235 on March 2.

Aldo already eyeing next fight

Jose Aldo has a date with Renato Moicano tonight in Fortaleza, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting up his next fight. Aldo told media this week he would be interested in a fight with former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

“Pettis would be an excellent opponent,” Aldo said at the UFC Fortaleza media day (via MMAFighting). “We were close to fighting twice before and didn’t happen. Having this fight in May, at lightweight, would be even better.”

Aldo and Pettis had been close to a matchup in the past while Aldo was UFC featherweight champ and Pettis was looking to move down and capture a second title. An Aldo-Pettis fight in 2019 would almost certainly take place at lightweight.

First, Aldo was Moicano to deal with while Pettis is set to fight Stephen Thompson in a welterweight fight in Nashville on March 23.

Saturday Notebook

-Joe Duffy vs. Marc Diakiese is set for UFC London on March 16.

-Cezar Ferreira has pulled out of the London card due to a knee injury. He was set to face Tom Breese.

-Eduardo Dantas will now fight Toby Misech at Bellator 215 on Feb 15 after original opponent Manny Vazquez was forced to pull out.

In case you missed it

HYDEN BLOG: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Bellator 214

ROUNDTABLE: Staff predictions for Jose Aldo vs. Renato Moicano

UFC FIGHT NIGHT FORTALEZA PREDICTIONS 2/2: Grocke’s updated odds & predictions for every fight

UFC Fortaleza Weigh-ins


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