Oh no! UFC fighter Jon Jones has been slapped with a one-year suspension for failing a drug test before UFC 200! The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced the ban on Monday, November 7.
Jon “Bones” Jones, 29, was temporarily banned from the UFC after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) “determined that Jones should receive the maximum one-year period of ineligibility for his anti-doping violation.” He still faces potential punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. There’s at least a silver lining in his situation; the suspension is backdated to when he failed the drug test, so he’ll be able to start fighting again on July 6, 2017.
Jon was supposed to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in summer 2016, but he was pulled three days before the match. He tested positive for the banned substances clomiphene and letrozole. Jon’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, said that the fighter believed that he was taking the sexual enhancement pill Cialis, but was mistakenly given something else instead. The USADA review board made it clear that they didn’t think Jon was a “cheat,” but said he was still “reckless” in not checking what he was taking.
“On the evidence before the Panel, [Jones] is not a drug cheat,” the panel said. “He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance However by his imprudent use of what he pungently referred to as a ‘d— pill’ he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars.”
The UFC released a statement regarding Jon’s suspension on November 7, after the news broke: “While the decision indicates no evidence of Jones’ intentional use of banned substances,” the statement read, “it does highlight the care and diligence that is required by athletes competing in the UFC to ensure that no prohibited substances enter their system.”
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