UFC 232 has been moved from Las Vegas to Southern California.
Jon Jones recently tested for trace amounts of turinabol, the same drug Jones failed his last test for. However, it is such a small amount that UFC President Dana White doesn’t believe Jones is on steroids. Speaking to MMAjunkie, White gave his take on this chaotic situation. He maintained that Jon Jones is most likely innocent.
“I haven’t heard anything negative about Jon Jones leading up to this fight – nothing,” White said. “He was willing to jump on a plane yesterday and go take a drug test – like, immediately. If I want to plan a PR for Jon Jones in two months, try pulling that together. It’s tough to get Jon Jones. He’s willing to do anything. So, I believe that Jon Jones is clean. He’s in fight shape, and I believe that he’s been doing the right thing.”
One thing that has gotten fans mad is the fact that the event is being moved. Rather, the UFc could have just pulled Jones off the card and promoted Cyborg vs Nunes as the main event. According to White, the card is not being moved to keep Jones in a fight that wouldn’t have been sanctioned in the state of Nevada.
“We wouldn’t do it,” White assured. “We’d pull the fight, and the (Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes title fight) would be the main event and the fight would roll. That’s it. We’d roll on. Jones would either go away forever or – you know how I am … 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?”
While White believes Jones is clean, his rival in Daniel Cormier isn’t buying it at all.
He tested positive again!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 23, 2018
He also didn’t stop there, clarifying several people involved in the incident are ‘jokes.’
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 24, 2018
As White and USADA are saying, Jones haven’t failed a test and is cleared to fight. Although, several fighters including Cormier isn’t sure about that.