It was a big disappointment for many mixed martial arts fans when Jon Jones failed a drug test ahead of UFC 200. According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s out-of-competition test results, Jones had allegedly taken two banned substances, and that had forced him to pull out of his scheduled match against reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Now it appears that “Bones” might not have knowingly taken those substances after all, according to recent statements from UFC president Dana White.

A backgrounder on the issue — what happened before UFC 200

Jones was previously confirmed to have failed a drug test conducted by the USADA on June 16, as he had tested positive for two drugs – anti-estrogen agent Hydroxy-clomiphene, and aromatase inhibitor Letrozole metabolite. Both substances are banned as athletes often use them to prevent the unpleasant side effects of steroid use from kicking in.

Due to Jones testing positive for those substances, he was pulled from his UFC 200 match against Daniel Cormier, which also forced MMAlegend Anderson Silva to step in as Cormier’s opponent as an eleventh-hour replacement for Jones. Cormier ended up winning that fight convincingly, beating the overmatched, underprepared Silva by unanimous decision.

Jones might not have knowingly taken banned drugs, says UFC boss

Speaking on The Jim Rome Show, Whitewent on record to say that “it looks like (Jones) did not take the supplement(s)” USADA had thought he consumed, and that it may have been “something else” taken by the former light heavyweight champ ahead of UFC 200. White believes Jones may have consumed another supplement that he wasn’t aware contained the substances in question, but did not mention what the supplement was.

That could bode well for Jones, who lost his light heavyweight belt in 2015 when he was suspended indefinitely following a hit-and-run incident where drugs were found in his vehicle.

He was back in theoctagonin April 2016, and was scheduled to face his successor Cormier at UFC 197 in a title match. Due to an injury, Cormier pulled out of UFC 197, making Jones’ match against replacement Ovince Saint Preux an interim title match instead. Jones won that match in five rounds via unanimous decision.

"Bones"may still be in hot water with USADA

Aside from hinting that Jones did not take the supplements USADA had accused him of taking, White said that he’s willing to “let this thing play out” and leave it all in the agency’s hands.

But he added that Jones still ran afoul of USADA rules in another way – by not disclosing everything he had taken in advance of UFC 200. This is something all fighters are expected by USADA to do in the run-up to an MMA event, so there’s still a possibility Jones will be sanctioned by the agency in one way or another.

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