UFC 232 moved to Los Angeles after Jones' failed drug test


UFC president Dana White announced on Sunday night that UFC 232 would move from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on Saturday. After examining the scientific literature on this substance and the extensive testing history on Jones and consulting with leading scientific experts, USADA has concluded that the extremely low level of DHCMT in Mr Jones' December 9, 2018 sample is consistent with residual amounts from his prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned.

Jones' long-time foe Daniel Cormier was incensed by the findings.

"When you have a guy that's like Jon Jones, how many people do you really think are going to put their reputation, the UFC's reputation, the California State Athletic Commission's reputation, Jeff Novitzky's reputation, USADA's reputation - the list goes on and on - on the line for a guy who has f***s up as much as Jon Jones?"

"And all of them, independent of us, determined that this was not a re-ingestion of the substance and this very, very small amount that was occurring and still showing up, according to these expects from around the world, did not provide any performance-enhancing benefit". It can only be assumed that UFC officials felt they would lose less money by moving the event to Los Angeles than it would by losing its main event and taking a massive pay-per-view hit. However, the California State Athletic Commission will approve a license for Jones to meet Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title on December 29. So, I believe that Jon Jones is clean.

"Bro I took your best punches that first fight, at no point was I phased or dazed by any of them, you were seconds from being TKO'd in the fourth round", he said.

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White said if there was any doubt over Jones playing by the rules, the fight would be scrapped and the co-main event between Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg would be promoted to the headliner.

White added: "If these guys even doubted that something bad happened here and he was wrong or whatever, the fight's off".

UFC's vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky said Jones isn't now in violation of USADA's drug-testing program. "He's in fight shape, and I believe that he's been doing the right thing".

Jones' urine test found traces of turinabol in his system.

The UFC's year-ender will now take place in The Forum in Inglewood.