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UFC 232 moved from Las Vegas to Southern California

With just over a week to ago, UFC 232 was moved from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to the Inglewood Forum in Inglewood, California, due to an abnormal Jon Jones (22-1-0) drug test result.

UFC president Dana White and VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Nowitzky briefed reporters yesterday that the positive test result of Turinbol metabolites (Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone or DHCMT) was a minute amount, a “pulsing effect” from Jones’ previous violation at UFC 214 in 2017 and therefore not a violation of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) policy.

Jones tested positive for Turinbol previously in July 2017. A 15-month suspension was issued by USADA, which ended recently.

White and Nowitzky added that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) does not have the proper time to investigate the test fully, so the event was moved to keep Jones eligible for competition. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) will license Jones for the fight.

All of this did not stop several fighters from weighing in, including Daniel Cormier and challenger Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0).

Jones, for his part, denied online accusations and stressed he is clean.

UFC 232 is currently scheduled for the Inglewood Forum in Inglewood, California. Current bouts include:

Jon Jones (22-1-0) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0)

Cris Cyborg (20-1-0) vs. Amanda Nunes (16-4-0)

Corey Anderson (11-4-0) vs. Ilir Latifi (14-5-0)

Ryan Hall (6-1-0) vs. BJ Penn (16-12-2)

Chad Mendes (18-4-0) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (18-1-0)

Carlos Condit (30-12-0) vs. Micheal Chiesa (14-4-0)

Cat Zingano (10-3-0) vs. Megan Anderson (8-3-0)

Douglas Silva de Andrade (25-2-0) vs. Petr Yan (10-1-0)

Nathaniel Wood (14-3-0) vs. Andre Ewell (14-4-0)

Uriah Hall (13-9-0) vs. Bevon Lewis (6-0-0)

Curtis Millender (16-3-0) vs. Siyar Bahadyrzada (24-6-1)

Brian Kelleher (19-9-0) vs. Montel Jackson (6-1-0)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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