Jon Jones fails drug test

The UFC confirmed Tuesday evening that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential doping violation after he weighed in for his fight against Daniel Cormier on UFC 214 last month, company officials said in a statement.

If the violation upholds, Jones potentially faces a lengthy ban from competition:

Jones previously failed a drug test before he was scheduled to meet Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 200 last year. Jones has not officially been stripped of the light heavyweight title yet, according to UFC President Dana White:

But if Jones’ violation stands, it’s hard to imagine the UFC keeping him as light heavyweight champion given the long suspension he likely faces. The title would likely go back to Cormier, adding yet another twist to the weird saga of probably the most talented mixed martial arts fighter, who can’t seem to get out of his own way.

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