Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had his fighting license revoked after a unanimous vote from the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, and was fined $205,000 for his failed drug test following UFC 214 last July.
Jones, 30, considered among the short list of greatest fighters in MMA history, was present at the CSAC meeting in Anaheim, California, and still must face potential sanctions in an upcoming hearing with UFC’s anti-doping partner, the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
CSAC elected not to suspend Jones, but executive officer Andy Foster did recommend they not re-instate him until the conclusion of his USADA suspension. Jones (22-1), a second offender, could be sidelined as long as four years under the rules of UFC’s own anti-doping policy with USADA.
(Jon Jones states that for 3 years he signed USADA’s doping guidelines, but never actually read them…)
“I don’t believe we should end Jon Jones’ career but I do believe he should sit out for a while,” Foster said during the hearing. “I think we should revoke his license. I don’t think Mr. Jones gets to be a mixed martial artist right now.”
Jones’ license with California was revoked retroactive to last August, in the aftermath of his third-round TKO victory over Daniel Cormier (via head kick) in their much-anticipated rematch when it was revealed he tested dirty. Jones can reapply this summer, although CSAC won’t accept his application until he meets with USADA and serves whatever punishment is given.
“This situation is like really, really crappy,” Jones said. “I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system.
“I did not do steroids. I swear to my heavenly father that I am not wrong. I swear on everything.”
Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol on July 28, 2017, one day before his victory over Cormier. The results of the test were not available before the fight, later ruled a no contest, took place.
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