BREAKING: How Jon Jones got out of his USADA suspension

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.

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.

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.

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.