Jon Jones’ fate has been sealed.
MMA Fighting is reporting that an independent arbitration panel handed down a one-year suspension on Jones, the UFC interim light heavyweight champion. Jones had his USADA case heard by three arbitrators last week.
Jones’ ban will not start right now, however, it is retroactive to when the results came back, so Jones will be eligible to return to the UFC in July 2017.
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.
Jones tested positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. He was pulled from his main event bout at UFC 200 against Daniel Cormier three days before the event.
Jones, will still have to face the Nevada State Athletic commission, therefore this ban could still increase.