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Jon Jones attorney says USADA has confirmed contamination of supplements

<p>Things are looking good so far for Jon Jones&rsquo; case regarding his failed drug test in July.</p> <p>Three days prior his main event bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, USADA revealed that the former light-heavyweight champion had tested positive for banned estrogen blockers and was pulled from the fight as a result. Jones claimed he was innocent and that the failed test was likely due to a tainted supplement which lead to further investigation by USADA.</p> <p>Howard Jacobs, Jones&rsquo; attorney, <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/10/24/13378426/morning-report-jon-jones-attorney-says-usada-has-independently">appeared recently on The Luke Thomas Show </a>where he said that USADA had independently confirmed that a supplement Jones took during his training had been contaminated with the exact banned substances he tested positive for.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&#39;ve been able to establish the source of the prohibited substances. It came from a product that Jon took that was not labelled with either of these substances,&rdquo; Jacobs said. &ldquo;We had it tested, the product was contaminated with both of them. I know USADA also independently had the product tested; their testing confirms what we found. We then sent essentially the same pills that we had had tested to be tested by USADA&#39;s lab, which also found the same thing. So pretty much every time it&#39;s been tested, it&#39;s shown that the product is contaminated with both clomiphene and Letrozole, the two substances [Jones tested positive for].&rdquo;</p> <p>UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero faced the same issue earlier this year following his UFC 194 victory over &ldquo;Jacare&rdquo; Souza. After it was confirmed that his supplements were contaminated, USADA gave him a shortened six month suspension. The difference with Jones&rsquo; case is that the substance that Jones tested positive for has a maximum suspension of one year whereas Romero&rsquo;s was two. This means that Jones may be let off with just a warning.</p> <p>&ldquo;It should definitely lead to a significant reduction, that&#39;s our position. The way the anti-doping rules, at least with the UFC program, are written, they mirror the World Anti-Doping Code to some extent. There are some differences but essentially in a case like this you can&#39;t argue that you have no fault if you take a supplement or product that&#39;s contaminated but you can argue that you&#39;re not significantly at fault, which gives you the ability to argue for a reduced sanction. So the sanction range under the UFC rules would be between a warning at a minimum and of course the maximum is at a year.&rdquo;</p> <p>If Jones does get off with a warning, he could be back by early 2017 to face the winner of Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson in a unification bout.</p>

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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