It has been announced that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will be eligible to make his return to the octagon Oct. 28 after being handed a 15 month suspension from USADA.
This was Jon Jones second anti doping violation. On this occasion Jones tested positive for a prohibited substance before UFC 214 in Anaheim where he recaptured the UFC Light Heavyweight title by defeating Daniel Cormier. He was later stripped of the title and the win overturned to a no contest.
“The independent arbitrator found that Jon Jones was not intentionally cheating in this case, and while we thought 18-months was the appropriate sanction given the other circumstances of the case, we respect the arbitrator’s decision and believe that justice was served,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart. “This case is another strong reminder that athletes need to be extremely cautious about the products and supplements they use to ensure they are free of prohibited substances.”
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It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life. It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now
Jon Jones 15 month suspension began on July 28 2017, the date his positive sample was collected. That makes him eligible to return on October 28, 2018.
The upcoming UFC 230 event takes place Nov 3 in Madison Square Garden. This card is still without a main event and could possibly see Jones make his return once more.
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