Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, was required to take 6,742 drug tests as part of his one-fight license to compete against Anthony Smith in the UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this Sat. night (March 2, 2019) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Considering we’re just a few days away from fight night (full details here), “Bones” has undoubtedly turned over his fair share of urine samples. So why hasn’t Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released the results?
“We will be releasing the Jon Jones tests, but we will not do that until sometime very, very close to the night of the fight,” chairman Anthony A. Marnell said (via MMA Junkie). “So if you could stop requesting that data from the executive director, it would be helpful because it’s not going to come out until we’re ready to send it out and have all of that properly put together – but it will be published before the fight.”
Jones and the commission are in uncharted territory after last December’s picogram fiasco. “Bones” is testing positive but not cheating, if we are to believe the “experts” charged with knowing right from wrong in the world of performance-enhancing drugs.
Therefore, NSAC will attempt to monitor the champ’s levels heading into fight night and flag any abnormalities that arise during testing. Whether or not that’s already happened, remains to be seen.