Jon Bones Jones, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, got his license revoked by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). The decision was made on Tuesday, after Bones’ disciplinary hearing in Anaheim, but Andy Foster, CSAC executive director, stood by the former champion’s side.
Jon Jones was fined $205,000 too, but when he was asked to answer the fail drug test questions, the situation turned from bad to worse. Lucky for Jones, Andy Foster still doesn’t believe the former champ was taking Turinabol intentionally. He still doubts that the former champ cheated consciously to get better results.
Here is what Andy Foster said: (quoted by MMAmania.com)
“This doesn’t make any sense. He passed all the tests that were surprise tests, the out-of-competition tests, but then he fails the one he knows is coming? That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. And with a drug that is easily detectable. There’s a lot of things that doesn’t make any sense about this. As you know, I can’t deal with that. I can only deal with the facts that are in front of me. I think I tried to make it clear that I don’t think this is a career-ending type of offense. So, hopefully something reasonable comes out of the thing.”
Jones also passed rest of doping tests before and after UFC 214, including the ones by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency). Jeff Novitzky, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, supported Andy Foster.
But there is one big question here – how will Andy Foster support Jones’ terrible defense on the hearing? And the fact his manager purged his signature? The statement where Bones claims his team was planting substances?
One thing is certain – despite Andy Foster support, Jon Bones Jones will have to serve the suspension handed down by USADA. CSAC might reconsider reinstating his fighting license when the suspension is over. However, the length of the time outside of octagon is still unknown. Stay tuned for more fresh news about this case!