Dana White indicated in Las Vegas on Tuesday after the news broke that Jon Jones failed an in-competition drug test in conjunction with his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month that there were big plans for the UFC light heavyweight championship. According to White (via MMAJunkie), they were talking about a heavyweight clash between Jones and UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The tentative date for such a bout would have likely taken place at UFC 218 in Detroit, MI. Obviously if Jones’ failed drug test holds up, all of those plans are off.
– The USADA issued a statement to MMAFighting.com regarding the situation with Jon Jones, urging to let due process play out. Jones’ failed drug test was from a sample collected on July 28, 2017 after the UFC 214 weigh-ins. Jones previously passed out-of-competition drug tests leading into the fight, with tests on July 6 and July 7 by the USADA coming back negative. There were reports on social media he passed a fight-night drug test on July 29 but neither the USADA nor the California State Athletic Commission would confirm that to MMAFighting. The testing body would also not confirm TMZ’s report that Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol.