Shortly after it was announced that there had been an "atypical finding" in a Jon Jones drug test, and that the entire UFC 232 card has been moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles as a result, Jones's opponent Alexander Gustafsson took to Twitter to assure that he didn't care what was in Jones's system, and that he'll beat him no matter the circumstances.
"I haven't heard anything negative about Jon Jones leading up to this fight - nothing", White said.
That left his light-heavyweight title fight against Alexander Gustafsson in limbo, until the UFC took the shock decision to move the UFC 232 card to California; with the California State Athletic Commission saying that it would allow the bout to proceed.
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"Today, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Bob Bennett announced that, in consultation with NSAC commission chair Anthony Marnell III, unarmed combatant Jon Jones will be allowed to withdraw his pending application for licensure, which was meant to clear him to fight in a major contest in Nevada later this month", reads NSAC's statement.
The issue in Nevada arose last week, when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) reported an atypical result of a drug test Jones submitted on December 9. "He's been cleared to fight in terms of the USADA program", Novitzky said.
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"This case is significant because the defendants are accused of targeting and compromising Managed Service Providers, or MSPs". It is understood that the MSPs did not always respond to warnings as robustly as authorities would have liked.
Notified of the result, Nevada officials did not feel they had adequate time to properly vet the test result in accordance with Jones' drug testing history, and thus wouldn't be able to rule on Jones' case in time for UFC 232 on Saturday.
Jones responded to the current double champion's posts on Instagram by throwing insults in the comment section, which Cormier responded to quickly. Jon Jones has got his life together.
A urine sample on December 9 found an abnormal level of the steroid turinabol, which Jones failed a test for in 2017 after beating Daniel Cormier by knock-out. Yet that fight was changed to a no-contest after Jones tested positive.
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Jones has failed a total of three drugs tests three times in the past.