UFC star Jon Jones’ career could be over after confirmation that he tested positive for a banned steroid following his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July.
Jones tested positive for the banned steroid Turinabol after the fight and is now facing a potential four-year ban from sport after the USADA said on Tuesday that his ‘B’ sample had also tested positive for steroids.
“Mr. Jones’ B sample has confirmed the A sample findings,” USADA said in a statement.
The USADA could hand Jones up to a four-year suspension since he is a repeat offender.
Jones recently returned to the UFC following a one-year ban after he tested positive for the banned substances clomiphene and Letrozol.
The 30-year-old reigning light heavyweight champion has yet to be stripped of his belt by the UFC, although that now seems a formality.
Middleweight champion Michael Bisping said the episode would probably signal the end of Jones’ career.
“I believe so,” Bisping told Sports Illustrated. “If you have a history of taking performance-enhancing drugs, there’s no place for it.
“This is a vicious sport. It’s not for everybody. We’re not trying to put a ball into a basket, we’re trying to – you can dress it up however you want – we’re trying to beat our opponents, either into submission or knock them out. Performance-enhancing drugs have no place in this sport.
“It’s fair to say there’s no smoke without fire. This isn’t his first time. So, I guess we’re gonna see how this thing unfolds, but it’s not looking good.
“I think it’s fair to say that he has definitely tarnished his legacy. I think he will always be remembered for the stunning performances that he put on. When he first broke into the UFC, he was incredible. Absolutely unstoppable.”
Jones has in the past denied using banned substances while his camp have said they will investigate how the substance could have got into his system.