What is happening with UFC 232: full details and reaction

Today it was announced that UFC 232 has been moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The decision to move the event is due to an abnormality in a drug test belonging to Jon Jones. The test was collected on December 9th where a trace of the banned substance, turinabol was found. This is the very same substance that Jones tested positive for in 2017 and was suspended by the UFC for 15 months.

Talking to SportsCenter Dana White told them:

“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.”

“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?”

In an interview with USA Today UFC vice-president of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky added to those comments stating:

“He’s been cleared to fight in terms of the USADA program. USADA fully analysed it internally.”

“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.”

Following the news Jon Jones took to social media to give his statement on what has happened.






















The news came with major backlash from fighters and not to mention fans who paid to see the event in Las Vegas. Jones’ opponent Alexander Gustafsson gave his reaction on twitter along with other signed UFC fighters.

Media and fans who were supposed to be attending the event also weighed in on what has happened. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani offered up what a solution with a Wrestlemania throwback while also explaining the harsh reality of how fighters found out.

Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com was informed that he is unable to attend the event while many fans have also been affected by this change too.

At the time of writing no compensation for fans has been announced. The unfortunate circumstance affects almost every party from the fighters, to the families of fighters and finally the fans. We will keep you updated with any updates that occur.


University of Limerick Economics and Finance Graduate. Editor for MMA Latest News and contributor to MMA Viking also featured on IMMAF, Fox Sports Asia, FanSided MMA and MMA-Today.

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