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UFC's Jon Jones Is 1st Fighter Enrolled in Both VADA, USADA Drug Testing

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Jon Jones, left, and Alexander Gustafsson face off while posing for photographers during a news conference talking about their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. A mixed martial arts rematch this weekend between Gustafsson and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jones is being moved from Las Vegas to the Los Angeles area. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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Jon Jones has voluntarily enrolled in VADA, in addition to USADA, becoming the first MMA fighter to be enrolled in both anti-doping agencies simultaneously.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported the news. California required Jones to enroll in VADA as a stipulation for allowing him to compete at UFC 232, which was moved to Los Angeles from Las Vegas after the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to clear the 31-year-old to fight.

The NSAC said Jones had an irregularity in his drug test ahead of his scheduled light heavyweight title bout with Alexander Gustafsson. The test showed trace amounts of turinabol in Jones' system, which were residual effects from his July 2017 positive test. 

California agreed to host the fight and clear Jones on the condition he volunteered for VADA. 

Jones said on Instagram (via MMAjunkie):

"I just wanted to take the time out to apologize to the fans for what is going on. This is a situation that is completely out of my control. But I still will man up and apologize for this happening. I realize there's a lot of people who lost out in this situation. People came from Sweden, people came from Brazil, other fighters, I feel you guys' frustration. Today has been a hell of a day. A hell of a day. Big shock to us all."

Per Okamoto, UFC President Dana White publicly defended Jones and his decision to move the UFC 232 event, which is scheduled for Saturday:

"Who has made more mistakes than Jon Jones? The answer is nobody. Jon Jones has got his life together. He did not test positive; he did not do anything wrong here. Gustafsson has flown in from Sweden. He's been here for weeks training for this fight, spent money. Jon Jones has trained for this fight.

"Neither guy violated any rules or did anything wrong. These guys need to fight; it's for the title. They should fight. It's the right thing to do."

Jones has only fought three times since the beginning of 2015 due to positive drug tests and other transgressions outside the ring. 

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