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    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Shoot Henry: Well, There's Always WrestleMania

    After winning his belt back at UFC 214, UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones was found positive for turinabol, considered a banned substance by the fight promotion. He may not yet have been stripped of his title, as per UFC President Dana White, but will likely be meted a serious punishment if found guilty after already having served a year-long suspension due to prior positive test. First-time offenders face a potential two-year suspension.

    Here's the official company press release.

    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.

    Shortly after winning his belt back from Daniel Cormier, Jones addressed the rumors regarding a potential superfight against former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. He did so by issuing a challenge that the king of the light heavyweight was ready for the former champ.

    Jones' management team released a statement of their own, expressing shock at the discovery.

    We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.

    If things take a turn for the worse, maybe Lesnar and Jones can have a WrestleMania match instead?

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