Jon Jones Eligible to Return to Competition on October 28
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones was handed a 15-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier today for his failed PED test from July 28, 2017. The suspension is retroactive to the date that Jones tested positive for metabolites of an anabolic steroid, which makes him eligible to return to competition on October 28 of this year. In order to get his fight license back, Jones must also complete three months of community service and pay a fine of $205,000.
Jones (22-1) was last seen in the UFC octagon knocking out current heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017. The win was overturned and ruled a no-contest when the results of Jones’ failed test became known.
Jones was facing a potential suspension of up to four years but it was ultimately decided that he unknowingly took the banned substance that he tested positive for. USADA’s Richard McLaren wrote in his ruling: "There was absolutely no intention to use prohibited substances on the part of the athlete. Jon Jones has gone through a great deal of difficulties. He gave me the very distinct impression that he has learned a lot from the loss of the image of himself that he had as a champion MMA fighter. He has been humbled and humiliated by that experience, but he has learned from his misfortune. He needs the opportunity to regain his dignity and self-esteem".