Jon Jones Suspended 1 Year But May Headline A Match Against Dan Henderson In December
Jon Jones was handed a one year suspension by USADA yesterday. The ban is retroactive to when the positive test was announced so Jones’ suspension will end on July 6th, 2017. The arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions deemed that Jones is “not a drug cheat,” but his actions were “reckless.” They also said “however by his imprudent use of what he pungently referred to as a ‘dick pill’ he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars.”
Jones released a statement on his ban saying:
“Although I was hopeful for a better outcome in the USADA ruling today, I am very respectful of the process in which they allowed me to defend myself. I have always maintained my innocence and I am very happy I have been cleared in any wrong doing pursuant to the allegations made that I had intentionally taken a banned substance. I am pleased that in USADA’s investigation they determined I was “not a cheater of the sport”. Being cleared of these allegations was very important to me. I have worked hard in and outside of the octagon to regain my image and my fighting career and will take these next eight months to continue my training and personal growth both as a man and a athlete. Thank you to all of my fans, teammates, coaches, sponsors and to the UFC for their continued support.”
Just prior to the announcement of the suspension Chael Sonnen was on The MMA Hour and said Jon is slated to meet Dan Henderson in the main event of Submission Underground II.
“I don’t think that affects (the grappling match),” said Sonnen.
“I don’t have a concern about it, but I suppose we have to go back to the other side and make sure there’s nothing missing there.”
Submission Underground II is scheduled for Dec. 11 and will air via online pay-per-view on FloCombat. Miesha Tate takes on Jessica Eye in the co-main event.