A new positive Jon Jones doping, unpunished by USADA, made UFC 232 move from Las Vegas to Los Angeles at the Arena known as "The Forum."
The Nevada Athletic Commission did not want to license Jon Jones to compete after the positive, so the UFC decided to transfer the full card to Los Angeles where the California Commission will be licensed to fight Jones to face Alexander Gustafsson in the stellar fight.
On December 9, the UFC was notified of a new positive doping test by Jon Jones, where, according to USADA and UFC, a trace amount of oral turinabol was detected, a quantity described as "minimal" and in only picograms on both sides .
A picogram is below the nanograms and would be the 12th place after the decimal point of a gram, that is, 0.0000000000001 gram, which is why it is often exemplified, as was said in Jones' first doping, as a pinch of salt in a Olympic pool.
Nate Schmidt of the Golden Knights in Las Vegas tested positive for the same substance in picgram quantities and was suspended for 20 games by the NHL earlier in the season.
Tom Lawlor said on networks today that the suspension that ended up costing his UFC career was 17 pic of Ostarina, for which he was suspended for two years and isolated from the UFC when his suspension ended.
USADA determined that the substance, the same substance that Jon Jones tested positive in his last fight against Daniel Cormier in 2017 and for which he was suspended for 15 months, was not a new entry, but a residue of that positive. With this, there is no new punishment.
However, USADA accepted that during the period of this original positive and new positive the substance was not detected in 7 doping tests.
According to Jeff Novitzy, vice president of UFC Health and Performance Athletes, the amount found in doping was just picograms, and commented that there are other sports that are seeing cases like that of Jones, where after a positive there are several negative tests and again another positive.
Novitzky mentioned that, from September to November, Jones had four negatives, until the examination on December 9.
Even so, the Nevada Athletic Commission did not want to give Jon Jones a license to fight for this fight, asking him to come in January to talk about it. This Commission allowed Jon to withdraw his license application so he could apply for a license in California.
The California State Commission has called for a quick doping test at Jones, which he approved on Saturday, and granted the former champion a license when the UFC moved the event to Los Angeles.
California was the state where Jones originally tested positive and only a few days ago asked Jones to enter a secondary doping program and to which he declined.
The Nevada Commission, in a statement said:
"Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission and its Executive Director Bob Bennett have announced that in consultation with Commissioner Anthony Marnell III, Jon Jones may withdraw his pending application to apply for a license so he could fight at an event in Nevada at the end After an extensive review of the past 18 months of Jones' doping tests outside and within the competition by USADA, Director Bennett, Commissioner Marnell and Mr Jones agree that he will appear at a hearing in January.
After all, Dana White defended Jon Jones Sunday night at a small press conference in Las Vegas:
"I did not hear anything negative about Jon Jones on the way to this fight, nothing. He got on a plane yesterday and did a doping test right away. I think Jon Jones is clean, fit to fight, and I think he's doing the right thing. "
Daniel Cormier was quick to react, the full and semi-complete UFC champion was clear on networks, calling USADA, Jeff Novitzky, Andy Foster of the California Commission "UN CHISTE" as well as the theory that a "pinch" of O Turinabol steroid in an Olympic pool did the positive Jones test 18 months later.