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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones fails another drug test

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Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier at U.F.C. 214 in Anaheim, Calif., last month to claim the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight title, but his victory may be short-lived.

According to the U.F.C., the organization was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation stemming from “an in-competition sample” collected from Jones the day before the fight. According to TMZ, which first reported the potential violation, Jones tested positive for the steroid turinabol.

No decision has been announced regarding Jones’s light heavyweight title, but it could be stripped if the violation is confirmed.

Neither Usada nor Jones’s manager immediately responded to a request for comment.

If Usada confirms Jones’s doping violation, he could face two or more years away from fighting, as he has a previous violation. Jones first defeated Cormier in 2015, and a rematch was scheduled for U.F.C. 200 in July 2016. But that fight was scrapped after Usada announced a potential doping violation.

Jones tested positive for banned substances clomiphene and letrozole, leading Usada to suspend him for one year. He appealed, and an independent arbitration panel upheld the suspension. Jones blamed the positive test on a male enhancement pill he took.

His victory over Cormier last month was his first fight back from that yearlong suspension.

Before that fight, Jones mocked Cormier on social media about previous steroid allegations, writing in a tweet, “Daniel says the only reason I defeated him the first time is because I must have been on steroids, wonder what his excuse will be this time.”

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