UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was recently issued a provincial suspension by USADA after allegedly failing a second drug test.
Angel Heredia Hernandez is also known as “Memo” and he is a former athletic coach who has openly admitted to supplying PED’s to track & field athletes.
“Memo” believes that when it comes to the second failed drug test for Jones, something just doesn’t feel right.
“Frankly, the testing itself, it lacks of credibility for a lot of reasons,” he said on Submission Radio. “We could go on and on, and I could be very specific in terms of chemistry, but I don’t want to mislead the people that listen. It’s just the fact that they are detecting six different metabolites, and one of them stays longer than up to seven weeks. But the most intriguing part of it is that some of those metabolites, they’re not really confirmed that they are actually coming from that Turinabol structure. At this point, in my opinion, I really want to believe that the only thing that could have caused the positive test for this guy could have been that the supplement was contaminated. And that’s a big issue happening in the United States. There are a lot in the supplement industry that have been gone into different lawsuits because of cross-contamination, supplementation, and mislabeling.”
Hernandez has been tapped as an expert witness by Jones’ legal team, just in case this who situation winds up going to trial.
The PED expert also questions just how many times the A sample has been tested.
“The question is, did they really re-test the A Sample five times to confirm the result, or to try and find him positive? Because it does happen, with some analytical procedures, it can be in the middle between negative and positive,” Hernandez said. “And yet, when you keep trying to push the result, you eventually will get it. In my personal opinion, I don’t really think (Jones) would take something 20 to 21 days towards the fight, knowing that he’s going to be randomly tested. So in this situation, I want to believe that perhaps the protocol is not as bright because there are a lot of scientists that agree with me. The testing itself is not really 100% credible.”
Jones and his team are still awaiting the B sample test results, of which there is no timetable for their release.
Fightful.com will have our own PED expert on this week's Holy Smokes MMA Podcast.