There is some big news coming out of the world of UFC.
As they are approaching their historic UFC 205 that will be happening at Madison Square Garden this Saturday, one of their bigger stars is facing a lengthy suspension. Fox Sports is reporting that Jon Jones will be out of action until at least July of next year after he was suspended for one year following his hearing with the USDA that happened last week.
He happens to be the first athlete on the UFC roster to be granted an arbitration hearing with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after he tested positive for a banned substance just days prior to his last scheduled fight that was supposed to happen against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 this summer. He was replaced in his match by UFC legend Anderson Silva and this was also the card where WWE superstar Brock Lesnar made his return to the octagon.[embedit snippet=”Jon ads”]
This was a three-person panel that overheard his case and came down with the ruling. Jon Jones’ attorney Howard Jones was also present at these hearings. They returned with the maximum punishment allowed for twelve months. Ultimately, this was all based on this substance that he was found to have in his system just days before the match at UFC 200.
A spokesperson for the USADA had these remarks on behalf of the doping agency. The statement went as follow, “Jones’ one-year period of ineligibility began on July 6,2016, the date of his provisional sanction. In addition, Jones has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and prior to July 6,2016, including forfeiting of any titles, rankings, purse, or other compensation.”
Also, the USADA would release the full resolution to Fox Sports with the ruling from the hearing. It read, “He tested positive for hydroxy clomiphene and letrozole metabolite, which happens to be two anti-estrogen drugs that were banned ….” The results also went on to say that during the hearing, Mr. Jones would claim that he believed he was taking “Cialis”, which happens to be an erectile dysfunction medication. Throughout the whole hearing, Jones would claim that he was unaware that he was taken a banned substance.
Overall, it will be interesting to see if Jon Jones will ever step foot back in the octagon in the near future.