Former (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, failed his UFC 214 pre-fight drug test back in July, which came out positive for anabolic steroids (Turinabol) in his scheduled urine screening.
Jones win over Daniel Cormier turned to a “No Contest” and left “Bones” provisionally suspended by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Jon Jones had his disciplinary hearing about a failed July drug test in front of the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday. The CSAC revoked the MMA license of Jones and fined him $205,000, the vote by the CSAC was 6-0.
CSAC voted not to suspend Jones, but executive officer Andy Foster did recommend they not reinstate him until the conclusion of his USADA suspension.
“I don’t believe we should end Jon Jones’ career but I do believe he should sit out for a while,” Foster said during the hearing. “I think we should revoke his license. I don’t think Mr. Jones gets to be a mixed martial artist right now.”
Jones made a reported $500,000 for the UFC 214 fight. With that, the hefty fine was equal to $200,000. Two other fines of $2,500 were added by CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster.
During the CSAC disciplinary hearing, Jones was being asked about all of his past indiscretions, including his past failed drug test and his involvement in a hit-and-run accident.
Jones has denied that he knowingly took the steroid.
“This situation is like really, really crappy,” Jones said. “I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system.
“Imagine being me. I have no clue how this happened. I’m just trying to figure it out just like everybody else.” (via MMAFighting)
Jones was extensively grilled by commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez over his past legal problems and his 2016 failed drug test.
Jones’ may re-apply for a CSAC license at the conclusion of his case with USADA. In order to receive a new license, he must earn a majority vote in favor of him being reinstated. His revoked license was set to expire in August 2018.
Jones held the light heavyweight title from 2011 until 2015, when he was stripped by the UFC after a felony hit-and-run arrest event.
Jones continued to maintain his innocence. That declaration alone won’t make it any easier for him to make it back to the UFC Octagon in 2018.
I want to thank csac for taking the time and hearing my case, and executive officer Andy Foster for saying he believes me.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) February 27, 2018