Former 2 time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had his fight license revoked today by the California State Athletic Commission after failing a drug test one day prior to UFC 214.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) unanimously voted today to revoke Jon Jones’ fight license, and also levy $205,000 worth of fines against him, including either 40% of his $500,000 disclosed pay out, or $200,000 for his title bout against Daniel Cormier at July 29th, 2017 UFC 214 PPV.
The day before Jones was scheduled to face Cormier at UFC 214 he failed a drug test, which found oral turinabol a banned substance in his system. Jones also faces potential punishment from the UFC for the failed test.
During today’s hearing in Anaheim, California, Jon Jones gave a long defense of his character, even swearing on his “heavenly father” that he never knowingly took any banned substances.
“It’s been science that has been kicking me in the ass, if I can say that,” said Jones.
Jon Jones is able to re-apply for a CSAC license once his case with the USDA concludes.
In order for Jones to receive a new license however, he must garner a majority vote in favor of his reinstatement. His revoked license was set to expire in August. Jon Jones’ revocation has been noted on an administrative database maintained by the Association of Boxing Commissions, thus effectively banning him from competing in the United States during the term of his revocation.
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