UFC Star Jon Jones Will Not Be Returning To The UFC Until 2017 ! The USADA Has Suspended Him !!
|FC Star Jon Jones Will Not Be Returning To The UFC |
Until 2017 ! The USADA Has Suspended Him !!
An independent arbitration panel handed down a one-year suspension on Jones, the UFC interim light heavyweight champion, on Monday. Jones had his USADA case heard by three arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions last week and the decision came back to give him the full sanction.
Jones, 29, claimed he took a contaminated sexual-performance
pill and USADA confirmed that the pill was tainted.
But the arbitrators said in their decision that Jones didn't do his due diligence in determining whether or not what he was using was within the confines of the UFC's anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.
They found that his fault was "at the top end of the scale," because the only questions Jones asked about the particular tablet was toward the teammate who gave it to him and whether or not it was effective from a sexual-performance standpoint.
"His degree of fault in fact verged on the reckless," the arbitrators wrote.
The arbitrators also wrote that Jones should not receive the same six-month suspensions given to UFC fighters Tim Means and Yoel Romero, because those were "classic" cases of contaminated supplements with the banned drug not listed on the warning label.
Jones tested positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and Letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. Both drugs are anti-estrogen agents.
He was pulled from that fight against Daniel Cormier three days before the potential bout when the results came back, losing around a $10 million payday in the process.
Jones, widely regarded as the best MMA fighter in the world, contended that he believed he was taking a Cialis pill, a sexual-enhancement medicine.
He says he checked with USADA on the legality of ingesting Cialis (it's allowed), and therefore, he bores at most a light degree of fault.
However, the pill wasn't Cialis and was produced by a company called All American Peptide, Jones claimed. The standards were far less rigorous under the auspices of that manufacturer.