It appears Jon Jones was indeed fighting clean.
UFC 232 was moved from Las Vegas to Inglewood, California due to picogram levels in Jones’ body from his failed drug test back in 2017. Ultimately, the UFC and several experts believed he never re-ingested any steroids, so therefore he should be fighting. In the end, that is exactly what happened.
Breaking: Jon Jones was drug tested by USADA and the California State Athletic Commission on the night of UFC 232 on Dec. 29 and all tests have come back clean. No picograms of the M3 metabolite, which was the source of all the controversy and drama last month, were found.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 10, 2019
“Breaking: Jon Jones was drug tested by USADA and the California State Athletic Commission on the night of UFC 232 on Dec. 29 and all test have come back clean. No picograms of the M3 metabolite, which was the source of all the controversy and drama last month, were found,” Brett Okamoto of ESPN tweeted.
It is a huge sigh of relief for the UFC and Jon Jones.
Jones ended up winning his fight at UFC 232 against Alexander Gustafsson by TKO in the third round. Jones looked like his old self and dominated the fight, after having a close fight with Gustafsson five years ago.
As well, this is also good news for Jones for his upcoming hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Jones has to be cleared to get a license. Now that there were no drugs in his system, he has a good case to do re-get his license. Also, once he gets his license from Nevada the UFC 235 headliner between himself and Anthony Smith can be made official. That is a fight that many fans are eager to see.
Smith is the clear cut number one contender. He is coming off of three straight victories at light heavyweight since moving up. He finished the likes of Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua, and Volkan Oezdemir to get the title shot. Now, he will have his toughest fight to date when he takes on Jones in March.
In the end, Jones was clearly not on steroids and moving the card may very well have been the right call by the UFC.