After clearing his first hurdle on the drug test since becoming UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones is very pleased with himself.
Jones, 31, made a verbal victory over his two-handed opponent, Alexander Gustafsson, who called him a cheater before a UFC 232 third-round loss.
"Absolutely no aviation fuel found," the newly-minted UFC light heavyweight champion wrote on the Instagram, scoring Gustafsson in the process. "I just wanted to make sure you saw that. It seemed like the only thing you could focus on in our last fight.
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There was also a challenging message for future opponents, first among them Anthony Smith, who also made clear his feelings about Jones' repeated problems with doping.
"Interested in listening to the apologies of my next victims," Jones said.
Today, the California State Athletic Commission has announced that Jones underwent several evening drug tests conducted by the commission and the US Anti-Doping Agency. Most notable about Jones's negative was the absence of the M3 metabolite in oral turinabol, which was the catalyst for the last minute move of UFC 232 from Nevada to California.
Experts said a positive December 9 for M3 was the result of a "pulsing effect" that could potentially see Jones falter between positive and negative for an indefinite period of time. Jones denied all the time by consciously taking any prohibited substances, and UFC President Dana White and UFC Executive Jeff Novitzky supported USADA's decision not to decide on another anti-doping violation.
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Two-time opponent of Jones and former double champion Daniel Cormier recently questioned whether steroid metabolites are now "part of the deal" in the fight against the light heavyweight champion. Smith said he does not care if Jones is clean or not.
Later this month, Jones is scheduled to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in his December 9 test to "provide an opportunity" for the commission to "determine the appropriate path for him in Nevada."
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