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Jon Jones: I Never Left USADA Drug Testing Program

After 9 tests in 2017, Jones has only been tested once in 2018. But according to the former champ, there’s nothing suspicious going on.

Jon Jones’ MMA career remains in a holding pattern as he continues to work on a resolution to a failed USADA drug test in 2017 following his fight with Daniel Cormier. That battle ended with Cormier brutally knocked out, but the result is now listed as a No Contest. But the bigger battle is in trying the ensure any suspension levied by USADA is closer to two years than five.

Jones has stayed pretty mum on that topic, letting his manager field interviews on that topic. That’s probably for the best given the last time he opened his mouth and spoke on the subject. But he recently took to Twitter to clarify another point regarding USADA: whether he was still in the testing pool.

Jon’s continued participation in the USADA drug testing program had been put into doubt last week when fans queried the USADA testing database and noticed Jones hadn’t been tested at all in 2018. Soon after, a single test appeared in Q3 of 2018 for Jones, but people still wondered if he had pulled a Lesnar and removed himself from the pool.

USADA rules specify that anyone removing themselves from the program has to spend six months being tested before returning to the cage. Brock Lesnar was infamously given a waiver to avoid this period the last time he returned for UFC 200, only to test positive for clomiphene (this ended the exception system all together). He then pulled out of the testing regime all together with six months remaining on his drug suspension, freezing it. Now that he’s returned to the pool in anticipation of a fight with Daniel Cormier in 2019, he’s serving both six month periods concurrently.

Smart, but also a bit sketchy. So it’s nice to hear that Jon Jones hasn’t done something similar. Whether it’ll help him convince USADA (or an arbitrator) that he deserves a shorter sentence is unclear.

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Cormier Wants To Drug Test The Hell Out Of Brock Lesnar

The new double champ is demanding independent testing on top of USADA, and he’s willing to pay to get it.

In addition to an excellent main event that saw Daniel Cormier become only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time, we also got a tantalizing glimpse of a potential superfight between Cormier and Brock Lesnar. Cormier wants it, Lesnar wants it, and the UFC definitely wants it. But a lot has to go right before the match up materializes.

The biggest roadblock is the UFC’s USADA drug testing program. Lesnar still has a six month suspension to serve after failing a drug test leading up to his UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt. Fortunately for him, it will be served concurrently with the standard six months worth of testing all fighters re-entering the USADA testing pool have to go through. That’s still six months Lesnar will have to test clean for, and if Daniel Cormier has his way there’ll be an extra layer of testing done as well.

”Brock’s gotta be clean, man,” Cormier said at the post-fight press conference. “I’m not gonna fight him if he’s not clean. We’ll do USADA testing and we’ll do other testing. We’ll do testing above USADA to make sure this man is clean. Cuz I’m not fighting him if he’s cheating, I’ve done that on a number of different occasions already. I don’t want to fight him if he’s dirty, man. Do it the right way.”

”You watch boxing, sometimes they do USADA testing and they do independent testing,” he said when pressed on what kind of testing could be added. “And I just want him tested all the time. He’s gonna be getting tested, even if I have to pay for it. We’ll get him tested as often as we need to make sure he’s clean.”

Cormier has made it clear in the run-up to this fight that he considers both his losses to Jon Jones the byproduct of steroid use on Jones’ part. Considering how badly that second fight went with Cormier getting brutally knocked out, it should be no surprise he wants to make sure Lesnar isn’t physically enhanced for their fight as well. But we have our doubts the UFC is going to play along with Cormier’s demands.

USADA testing is already one of the toughest testing regiments in all of sports, and they’re good enough that they caught Lesnar the last time he was under their purview (and Jones as well — twice). Once all this heady excitement about Cormier vs. Lesnar wears off, people are already going to be betting on whether Lesnar even makes it through the six month testing window. So do we really need an extra layer of testing?

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Fabricio Werdum Talks About Failed Drug Test

Brazilian submission dude Fabricio Werdum has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight of late, hopping on cards all over the world to give people a reason to tune in. But alas, a run in with USADA will likely have Werdum on ice – possibly for about 80 years if USADA conducts any sort of investigation into tainted supplements or whatever.

Anyhoo, Werdum took to social media to address the failed test. He doesn’t really say mea culpa, he just says his team is working on resolving things.

(Hopefully, it’s not the same people who advised Jon Jones to go before the athletic commission with nothing but a shrug as his defense.)

Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love

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Fabricio Werdum Talks About Failed Drug Test

Brazilian submission dude Fabricio Werdum has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight of late, hopping on cards all over the world to give people a reason to tune in. But alas, a run in with USADA will likely have Werdum on ice – possibly for about 80 years if USADA conducts any sort of investigation into tainted supplements or whatever.

Anyhoo, Werdum took to social media to address the failed test. He doesn’t really say mea culpa, he just says his team is working on resolving things.

(Hopefully, it’s not the same people who advised Jon Jones to go before the athletic commission with nothing but a shrug as his defense.)

Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love

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Fabricio Werdum Releases Statement Regarding Failed USADA Drug Test

Fabricio Werdum believes his potential anti-doping violation is nothing more than a “misunderstanding,” and the former heavyweight champion hopes to be cleared to return to the UFC soon.
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Fabricio Werdum Releases Statement Regarding Failed USADA Drug Test

Fabricio Werdum believes his potential anti-doping violation is nothing more than a “misunderstanding,” and the former heavyweight champion hopes to be cleared to return to the UFC soon.
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Fabricio Werdum Releases Statement Regarding Failed USADA Drug Test

Fabricio Werdum believes his potential anti-doping violation is nothing more than a “misunderstanding,” and the former heavyweight champion hopes to be cleared to return to the UFC soon.
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Fabricio Werdum Facing USADA Anti-Doping Violation for Failed Out-of-Competition Drug Test

The targeted headliner for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event in Russia may not come to fruition, as Fabricio Werdum has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation.
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Fabricio Werdum Facing USADA Anti-Doping Violation for Failed Out-of-Competition Drug Test

The targeted headliner for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event in Russia may not come to fruition, as Fabricio Werdum has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation.
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USADA to Honor 19 UFC Athletes Who Have Passed 25 Consecutive Drug Tests

If you’ve been a clean athlete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for a significant period of time, your efforts will not go unrecognized.
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