UFC 232 will no longer take place in Las Vegas on December 29th with the event being moved to Los Angeles following Jon Jones’ inability to obtain a licence in the state due to an abnormality in a drug test.
The former light-heavyweight champion is set to main event the card against fellow 205lb contender Alexander Gustafsson, which will now take place at The Forum in Inglewood California as opposed to the previous venue of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Trace amounts of the banned substance turinabol was found in Jones’ system in a drug test – the same drug that got the 31-year old fighter a 15-month ban in 2017.
USADA issued a statement last night outlining that the finding of the drug in Jones’ system was “prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned.”
The decision has caused controversy with the event less than a week away. Many fight fans and fighters alike will now have to make plans to go to California instead of Las Vegas on very short notice.
UFC President Dana White outlined that despite Jones being unable to obtain a licence the 22-1 light-heavyweight didn’t actually do anything wrong in this instance.
White told ESPN’s SportsCenter: “Nevada does not have the time to see us and go through a hearing to find out what California already knows.
“There’s not enough time for Nevada to do this, so we’re moving the event to California where the commission has already dealt with Jon Jones. They were the ones dealing with this and they have all the history with him.”
White added: “If these guys even doubted that something bad happened here and he was wrong or whatever, the fight’s off. We’d pull the fight.
“Jones didn’t do anything wrong here. All the biggest experts, the smartest people in the world that deal with this are saying that he did not cheat, he didn’t do anything. So how do we not do this fight?”