At an emotional press conference on Thursday, a teary-eyed Jon Jones denied that he had knowingly taken any banned substances and claimed that he couldn’t even pronounce the names of those that were discovered in a sample he submitted to USADA on June 16th.
Given that the fighter was denying knowledge of any wrong-doing, it came as no surprise when his manager confirmed that the camp had requested tests be carried out on the B-sample collected that day.
However, it has emerged that the findings of those tests are consistent with those from the A-sample.
“I can confirm that Mr. Jones’ B sample results have been reported by the laboratory, and that the results confirm the findings of the A sample,” said USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden in a statement on Friday(via MMAFighting).
As of yet, the names of the substances in question have not been revealed publicly.
Jones was scheduled to face bitter rival Daniel Cormier on Saturday at UFC 200, but he was officially withdrawn from the fight on Wednesday night after being flagged by USADA.
Cormier suffered through hours of uncertainty thereafter, as he waited to see if the UFC could find him a new opponent on short-notice. But on Thursday, the promotion’s president Dana White confirmed that the light-heavyweight kingpin will face former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva at the event.
Jones now faces the prospect of a two-year suspension from USADA and disciplinary action from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.