Jon Jones has always denied knowingly taking any banned substances and in the face of what could be his most costly drug test failure yet, he’s standing his ground.
The 30-year-old UFC light heavyweight is currently embroiled in an ugly steroid case after being flagged by USADA when his urine samples collected July 28 tested positive for the steroid Turinabol. Jones defeated Daniel Cormier the following evening at UFC 214 to win back a UFC championship that he never lost in the cage, but the outcome has been changed to a no contest and the belt returned to Cormier as a result of Jones’ second drug-test failure.
That Cormier bout was supposed to be Jones’ comeback after receiving a one-year suspension last July prior to UFC 200 when he tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, two substances banned for their potential application in steroid cycles. Jones and his team explained that incident as coming about due to Jones using a tainted sex pill.
On Thursday, a fan implored Jones to come clean on Twitter, to which he swore on his children and his “Heavenly Father” that he is and always has been completely clean:
Dude the truth is I would never do steroids, I put that on my children and I put that on my Heavenly Father https://t.co/i8EEbrQU5x— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 14, 2017
Jones has written a few cryptic tweets since news of his second USADA violation broke, but this is the first time he has directly mentioned the latest steroid accusations.
He is expected to begin the appeal process soon in the hopes of avoiding a maximum suspension of four years.