UFC star Jon Jones could be eligible to return to competition by Oct. 28 -- fifteen months after failing the second drug test of his illustrious career.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday it has suspended Jones for 15 months, for testing positive for metabolites of an anabolic steroid on July 28, 2017. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the test, meaning Jones has already served nearly 14 months.
Jones, who is from Rochester, New York, had faced a maximum ban of four years. He still faces potential sanctions by the California State Athletic Commission because the failed test took place in Anaheim, California. But Wednesday's USADA resolution marked a major development in the case.
An independent arbitrator settled on the 15-month suspension length following a closed hearing last weekend. Jones, 31, has maintained he did not take any performance-enhancing drug around the time of the test, but he did admit to the use of illicit drugs, including cocaine, "prior to and for a period of time after" July 28, 2017.
Jones's case took more than one year to resolve because of several circumstances. He submitted the failed test one day before he knocked out Daniel Cormier to reclaim the light heavyweight championship at UFC 214. The result of that bout has since been changed to a no-contest because of Jones's positive test results.
Despite his claims of innocence, Jones has been unable to account for the substance in his system. He submitted 14 supplements to be tested for possible contamination, none of which came back positive for any banned substance. #jonjones #jonbonesjones #mma #mixedmartialarts #ufc #ufc230 #danawhite #danielcormier #joerogan #brocklesnar