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UFC releases statement on Jon Jones’ potential USADA violation

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The UFC released a statement Tuesday evening after it was discovered Jon Jones had a potential anti-doping policy violation the day before UFC 214.

Jones defeated Daniel Cormier in the main event the next day via third-round TKO to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title. It’s not yet known if Jones will be stripped of the belt.

Check out the statement below.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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