It looks bad for Jon Jones, but it’s not game, set, match just yet

When Jon Jones’ B sample on Tuesday confirmed the positive steroid test found after UFC 214, many fighters and industry veterans wrote him off.

Game. Set. Match,” was the verdict from former UFC heavyweight and “The Fighter and the Kid” co-host Brendan Schaub.

Except, well, not really.

In the world of anti-doping, it’s extremely rare for a “B” sample to come back different than the initial result. The sample an athlete gives during a drug test is divided into two parts so that if the first sample tests positive, the second can be tested to “confirm” the first result. Barring a massive conspiracy where the second sample is fraudulent, you’re almost always going to get the same result.

So, this is the second step in Jones’ case. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency now has found that on July 28, one day prior to UFC 214, he tested positive for a metabolite of turinabol, a banned substance made famous for its use in an East German doping program (you can read more about it here). But that’s just the start of the process.

Even though Jones’ (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) win over Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2

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