There was loads of controversy heading into the sunshine heavyweight championship battle between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustaffson at UFC 232 just a few weekends in the past. Jones had failed a pre-fight drug take a look at which made him ineligible to battle within the state of Nevada. This pressured the UFC to maneuver the battle to California, which Jones ultimately gained.
After the battle, Jones underwent extra exams they usually all got here again clear, in response to ESPN. California State Athletic Commission government director Andy Foster defined that the exams confirmed no hint of the M3 metabolite that made Jones fail the take a look at the primary time round.
"I can solely go by what the scientists have instructed me," Foster defined to ESPN. "And what this tells me is that on the evening of the battle, and main as much as the battle, Jon Jones was not doping."
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Jones had initially failed a drug take a look at in 2017 for having the M3 metabolite current. Although, it was defined that Jones could be dwelling with remnants of it in his system for seven years. For Jones, it simply goes to point out that the take a look at from earlier than the battle should not have counted.
"They most likely should not have even been introduced up," Jones said. "It's such a small quantity that it has no impact. I feel the professionals, whether or not it is USADA or the UFC, are realizing, 'Jon is sort of like a guinea pig on this scenario.' I used to be virtually wronged on this scenario."
The UFC has acknowledged that Jon Jones will defend his mild heavyweight title at UFC 235 in opposition to Anthony Smith on March 2nd.