UFC President Dana White has confirmed to ESPN that three-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones failed a drug test that was conducted prior to UFC 214 back in July, where he defeated Daniel Cormier.
It was originally reported by TMZ that Jones would be stripped of the Light Heavyweight Championship but White told ESPN that that hasn't happened yet. TMZ also reported that the substance that Jones tested positive for was Turinabol, which is an anabolic steroid.
Dana White gave the following statement to ESPN:
"I always know what to say. I don't know what to say about this one," a somber White told reporters Tuesday, calling the news "unbelievable."
"These things never come at a good time. They're always bad, especially with somebody like Jon Jones. In my opinion, he's the best to ever do it. That makes it even more unfortunate."
"If he ends up getting two or three [years], it might be the end of his career," White said Tuesday. "How old is Jon now? 30? And he'd be 33, 34 trying to make a comeback again? You look at what could have been and what he could've done -- it's sad."
Jones's camp also gave the following statement:
"We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination.
"Jon is crushed by this news, and we are doing whatever we can as a team to support him."