Jon Jones receives 15-months USADA Suspension; Eligible for Octagon return in 2018

by Jack Ol Thu Sep,2018
Jon Jones receives 15-months USADA Suspension; Eligible for Octagon return in 2018

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been handed 15-month suspension after failing the second drug test of his tumultuous career but will be eligible to make his UFC return by the end of October.

 

Bones was suspended from fights after he was found to have injected the banned substance following his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017. The suspension date was effective from the day he was found positive after the test which means he has already served 14 months suspension and will be available after October 28.

Jones' fight license has been revoked and will have to pay $205,000 fine to regain it. In addition, he will also have to complete three months of community service.

"It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life. It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now."

Jon Jones wrote on his Instagram after the hearing.

Jones was also hoping to be on the UFC 230 card on November 3. However, UFC president Dana White shot down his hope of returning to the Octagon in 2018, in an interview with ESPN. The main card for the UFC 230 is still to be finalized.

However, Daniel Cormier dismissed Jon Jones trilogy and told that he is more interested in Brock Lasnar.

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