Jon Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, passed a post-fight blood test administered by USADA on July 29 in the aftermath of his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, according to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.
The negative test was administered just one day after Jones’ infamous July 28 urine screening, which popped positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. It is nonetheless important to note that USADA blood screenings do not test for Turinabol, thus the July 29 test would not have discovered any trace of Turinabol in Jones’ system.
In addition, Jones passed a pair of out-of-competition USADA drug screenings on July 6 and July 7, the former a blood and urine test, and the latter a urine test.
Jones, 30, defeated Cormier via third-round knockout at UFC 214 to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title that was stripped from him in 2015 due to his role in a controversial hit-and-run accident. In 2016, Jones was also stripped of the UFC interim light heavyweight title after testing positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and letrozol, prior to a planned rematch against Cormier at UFC 200. Jones served a maximum one-year suspension for the failed test, which USADA found to be the result of a tainted sexual performance enhancement pill.
Jones’ potential failed test on July 28 ahead of UFC 214 could sound the death knell for Jones’ career if it is proven to be legitimate, as “Bones” would face upwards of a four-year suspension as a multiple-time offender. Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, adamantly defended Jones’ innocence last week on The MMA Hour, citing the discrepancies between testing results throughout the month of July.
“I’m encouraging everyone to go out there and take a look at the tests he passed and the test he failed,” Kawa said. “It’s a three-week window the month of the fight. Jon has passed seven unannounced tests, and the one he’s going to fail is the one that’s announced? It’s weird to me, there’s a lot of things here that don’t add up, and to the UFC, it doesn’t add up.
“The UFC knows. They look at his tests on the 6th and the 7th, and he passed both of those, there’s nothing in his system. So for him to start doing steroids, especially the steroid they’re saying he took, he would’ve had to have been doing that steroid for awhile for it to actually do anything. He just took it to take it? I mean, to me, there’s a lot of issues with this.“
Jones is currently awaiting the results of his B sample, a process which is expected to take several weeks.
Turinabol is in reality a modified form of Dianabol (Methandrostenolone), whereby it is actually a combination of the chemical structures of Dianabol and Clostebol (4-chlorotestosterone). It possesses the same general chemical structure of Dianabol along with the 4-chloro substitution that Clostebol possesses. The result is that Tbol becomes a much milder hormone than its parent hormone Dianabol.
Turinabol, like many other prohibited substances, was created in East Germany in the 60’s. The aim of the substance was to provide improved results among athteles, primarily Olympians from East Germany, whose amazing results were thought to be a direct product of it’s use. The main advantage of Turinabol is that it doesn’t aromatize so side effects like gynecomastia and bloating are eliminated.
In bodybuilding, Turinabol is used by those who aim to increase their muscle mass in a short time span. Mass and strength gains are not known to be dramatic due to its lack of anabolic strength, but steady and quality lean gains that grow consistently over time can be expected. It is also used as an ideal cutting agent during periods of fat loss. Turinabol’s capabilities really shine as an adjunct to other anabolic steroids when it is run (stacked) with other anabolic steroids due to its ability to bind to SHBG.
Turinabol appears in steroid tests only within 5 days of consumption, making it the substance of choice in sports where random testing is not a regular practice.
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