Jon Jones received a one-year suspension on Monday. The ban is retroactive to when the results came back, so Jones will be eligible to return to the Octagon in July 2017. Jones claimed he took a contaminated sexual-performance pill and USADA confirmed that the pill was tainted.
The arbitrators said that Jones was suspended because he didn’t do his due diligence. He failed to determine whether or not what he was using was within the confines of the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.
Jones tested positive for Clomiphene and Letrozol in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. He was pulled from the title bout against Daniel Cormier three days before the fight. So his violation cost him missing out on a $10 million payday.
Jon Jones is not a cheater. At least according to the official statement of the three arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions:
“On the evidence before the Panel, the Applicant is not a drug cheat, because he did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances. Nor that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of (the pill) he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars. This outcome which he admits to be a wake-up call for him should serve as a warning to all others who participate in the same sport.”
Interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wanted to step into the octagon in February. However, he happily accepted the one year suspension because it states clearly that he didn’t knowingly cheat.