The fallout continues following the shocking news that UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones had failed an in-competition drug test prior to his clash with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.
Having returned from a 12-month suspension for a doping violation, Jones defeated long-time foe Cormier in the third round of their title clash on July 29 and it finally appeared the 30-year-old was back on track.
On Tuesday, however, the wheels came flying off once again as it was revealed that USADA had flagged the star for a potential violation, and once again the shadow of a potential suspension has descended over the star.
Following the news, Dana White issued a statement saying it was ‘just unbelievable’ but would not be drawn on what happens next until the official investigation concludes.
Cormier also released a statement in which he magnanimously insisted Jones be given the benefit of the doubt until the full facts and findings are known.
Now, Jones’ manager Malki Kawa has, via MMAFighting, issued a statement on behalf of Jones and his team, in which he expressed their utter shock at the USADA findings.
“We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation.
“We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.”
Vehemently denying any wrongdoing, Kawa has pointed the finger of blame at some sort of contamination that has resulted in the failed drugs test.
While investigations continue behind the scenes, Jones faces the prospect of a suspension of up to four years, a sentence that could well end his career.
All parties now await the official findings and rulings of the California State Athletic Commission and USADA.