UFC president Dana White has shown his support for Jon Jones as he believes the former light heavyweight champion didn’t knowingly take the banned substances he tested positive for.
Jones, who recently won the interim light heavyweight title, has been temporarily suspended after he tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor.
Jones’ drug violation saw him pulled from the card of UFC 200 last month, where he was supposed to face reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a title unification bout.
The 29-year-old has made it clear that he doesn’t know how he tested positive, and it seems that White believes him.
“It’s coming back now that it looks like that he did not take the supplement that everybody thought he took, and we will see how this thing plays out,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “I don’t even know if this is public. I don’t know if I can talk about it. Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff you can’t do it, but it’s looking like Jon Jones did not do, take the drug that everybody thought he took.
“It looks like it’s something else. So I’ll let this thing play out, and that if that’s true and that’s what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission says happened, it could look good for Jon Jones.”
According to White, Jones apparently took another substance in the lead-up to UFC 200, which could have contained the substances, but he didn’t inform the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) about it. With that being said, White believes that Jones could find himself in trouble.
“He definitely didn’t get a bum rap,” White said. “But it wasn’t what, it wasn’t what — the substance that he was on, is a pill that you take when you’re coming down off of steroids, but this thing is apparently in other things Jon took, something else.
“Where he doesn’t come off clean is you have to tell USADA everything that you put in your body leading up to the fight and he did not.”