BREAKING: How Jon Jones got out of his USADA suspension
In a move that has left many in the MMA sphere questioning the legitimacy of the drug-testing agency USADA, Jon Jones has been issued a 15-month, retroactively applicable, suspension.
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.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 20, 2018
News regarding the fate of Jones’ failed test has been sparse since the former UFC Lightheavyweight Champion’s failed test following his fight with Daniel Cormier way back at UFC 214 in June of 2017. The American has proclaimed his innocence since the failed test was publicly announced, even going as far as swearing on his children that he wouldn’t have knowingly taken steroids.
Dude the truth is I would never do steroids, I put that on my children and I put that on my Heavenly Father https://t.co/i8EEbrQU5x
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 14, 2017
The USADA statement says that the failed drug test came as a result of a contaminated substance and therefore Jones was handed a lighter sentence than the minimum 2-year ban he would have received if he had been judged to have intentionally taken steroids. It also appears that Jones supplied USADA with information that incriminated another fighter/coach in order to get his sentence reduced.
Jones' 15 months is based on a 30 month reduction for evidently turning in another fighter and/or coach and/or supplier to USADA, along with a small 3 month reduction based on the circumstances of his failed test in general.
Award was by arbitrator Richard McLaren.
— Iain Kidd (@iainkidd) September 20, 2018
BREAKING: Jon Jones (@JonnyBones) suspended 15 months by USADA, for his failed drug test prior to UFC 214. Arbitrator rules there was "no intention" by Jones to cheat, even though a source for the substance was never confirmed. Eligible to return Oct. 28, as far as USADA goes.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 19, 2018
The ruling means that Jones will be clear to return to competition on October 28th, coincidentally just one week before the landmark UFC 230 event at Madison Square Garden. As the card has yet to have a main event announced, many are speculating that Jones’ return could be the mystery fight that Joe Rogan alluded to during UFC 228.
Predictably, the return of someone who many consider to be the greatest fighter ever the grace the UFC Octogan has led to an eruption of reactions on social media. UFC President Dana White seemed to dispell the rumour that Jones will return before the end of 2018, but speculation remains rampant.
Likely opponents for Jones’ return include Alexander Gustafsson, the Swedish striker whom most agree gave Jones his toughest fight in a five-round war back at UFC 168. The former champion could also return for a grudge match with now-double champion Daniel Cormier, though after Jones’ drug-failure it remains to be seen whether DC would want to run it back with his arch-rival.
— Peoples Champ (@YoelRomeroMMA) September 20, 2018
You ever hear people say “MMA is fake” or “UFC is fixed”? This Jon Jones shit is what they mean, it’s not the outcomes but the idea of “sport” itself that is fixed. Money rules all. What a fucking joke
— “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) September 19, 2018
Comment from Dana White on Jon Jones: pic.twitter.com/WQXET01jYy
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 20, 2018
MMA community today: "This is a travesty!"
MMA community Nov. 4th, if Jones fights & wins: pic.twitter.com/h5e0OZVB4f
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 20, 2018
I wish Dana White would just dunk on the entirety of USADA and say, “drug testing is a myth, I own these USADA fuck heads” instead of coming up with all this legal BS to get Jonny Bones on the MSG card. https://t.co/AFbdRYcArV
— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) September 20, 2018