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UFC 232 relocated from Las Vegas to LA due to Jon Jones' test results

Jones’ UFC showdown with Alexander Gustafsson on 29 December has been moved to Los Angeles.

Jon Jones tested positive for turinabol in 2017.
Jon Jones tested positive for turinabol in 2017.

UFC 232 WILL be moved from Las Vegas to LA due to licensing issue involving Jon Jones in the state of Nevada, president Dana White revealed.

A trace amount of the banned substance turinabol was discovered in a drug test administered to Jones (22-1) – who is scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) on Saturday – on 9 December.

Jones tested positive for turinabol in 2017 and was suspended by the UFC for 15 months. The The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued a statement on Sunday, which said the small amount of the drug was from the 31-year-old’s “prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned.”

The showdown has now been relocated from T-Mobile Arena to The Forum in Inglewood, California.

White told ESPN’s SportsCenter: “Nevada does not have the time to see us and go through a hearing to find out what California already knows.

“There’s not enough time for Nevada to do this, so we’re moving the event to California where the commission has already dealt with Jon Jones. They were the ones dealing with this and they have all the history with him.”

Martial Arts 2018: UFC 232 Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson during UFC 232 Press Conference at Madison Square Garden. Source: Zuma Press/PA Images

White added: “If these guys even doubted that something bad happened here and he was wrong or whatever, the fight’s off. We’d pull the fight.

“Jones didn’t do anything wrong here. All the biggest experts, the smartest people in the world that deal with this are saying that he did not cheat, he didn’t do anything. So how do we not do this fight?”

UFC vice-president of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky told USA Today that Jones had not violated the anti-doping program.

“He’s been cleared to fight in terms of the USADA program. … USADA fully analysed it internally,” Novitzky said. “They reached out to outside experts from around the world. They reached out to another sports league that has seen the same issue.

“And all of them, independent of us, determined that this was not a re-ingestion of the substance and this very, very small amount that was occurring and still showing up, according to these expects from around the world, did not provide any performance-enhancing benefit.”

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