Jon Jones is apologizing for his latest failed drug test.
For those of you that missed it, officials found traces of the steroid Turinabol in his system while testing him for his upcoming fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Saturday night.
USADA officials say that the traces found in his system were tiny and likely were leftovers from the last time he tested positive in 2017.
Several fighters took to social media to express that they don’t believe the story. Others are upset because Dana White announced on short notice that the entire event would be moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because he could get licensed in California. Nevada is not licensing him for the fight.
“This is a situation that is completely out of my control … but I still will man up and apologize for this happening,” Jones said in a recent video post.
“I realize there’s a lot of people who lost out in the situation … people came from Sweden, people came from Brazil … I feel your frustration.”
Jones said that he is trying to make things right and claims to have paid for hotel rooms and plane tickets for some people.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported on Monday that Jones has enrolled in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program that is mandatory for all UFC fighters to be approved to fight in California.
According to their website, VADA is an “organization that will offer and promote effective anti-doping practices and programs in boxing and mixed martial arts.” Jones would be the first fighter to be enrolled in USADA and VADA at the same time.
As you could imagine, fighters are not happy and one of the most outspoken people on this subject has been Daniel Cormier. Here is what he said:
He tested positive again!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 23, 2018
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 24, 2018
Here is the apology video from Jones: