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Jon Jones Suspended One Year by USADA

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Jon Jones Suspended One Year by USADA

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has handed Jon Jones the full punishment stemming from his failed drug test in the run up to UFC 200.

Jones failed an out of competition sample that resulted in him being pulled from the main event Light Heavyweight title unification fight with Daniel Cormier.

The one year suspension, the maximum for Jones’ violation, is retroactive and technically begins in July of this year, meaning Jones will be eligible to fight in July 2017 and is eligible for reinstatement in June of next year.

USADA did side with Jones in that the failed test stems from a tainted sexual enhancement pill, but USADA suspended him for not researching if any of the ingredients were banned by their guidelines. USADA put it in plain words that he did not cheat, but was simply reckless.

Jones seems satisfied with the results, and has said he “will take the next eight months to continue (my) personal growth.”

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