Jones Appeared Before the CSAC
Former eight-time defending light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appeared before the California State Athletic Commission today to discuss how he failed a drug test for two banned substances. Jones stated he has never knowingly took a banned substance.
But it was clear they were sick of Jones’ countless mistakes throughout his career. With an unanimous 6-0, the CSAC agreed to revoke Jones’ fight license and fined him in total $205,000, which included 40-percent of his $500,000 disclosed pay for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July.
Jones has had many slip-ups throughout his career. Jones had a DUI in 2012, a drug test revealed he had cocaine in his system, he had a hit-and-run that injured a pregnant woman, and a failed drug test before his scheduled fight for UFC 200.
Jones was suspended for one year by USADA after they agreed he took a male enhancement substance that resulted in his failed drug test.
But then Jones failed another drug test that was taken around the time for his second fight with Cormier at UFC 214. He tested positive for metabolites of oral turinabol, which is a banned steroid. He did pass his two drug tests earlier in that month and a post-fight test the night after the fight.
The revoke of his license and the fine may just be the beginning. Jones may still be suspended by USADA. After he serves his the suspension, which is expected to be anywhere from 1-4 years, he can apply for a new license. In order to be reinstated, he must gain a majority vote from the commission in favor of him having a license again.
Jones spoke about his past failures and learning from his mistakes in the hearing. But he stood firm that the failed drug test was not because he tried to cheat.
“I don’t understand how any of this happened,” Jones told the commission. “None of this stuff makes sense to me. I have no clue how this happened. I’m trying to figure it out like everyone else. You can call me a little bit of a party-boy or a knucklehead, but a cheater is something I’ll never say that I am, because that’s not who I am.”
Two of the answers Jones gave didn’t sit well with the commissioners. Jones admitted he never completed the anti-doping training by USADA and had his manager forge his signature saying he had. Jones also admitted that he does drink alcohol, despite having been arrested for a DUI.
Jones tweeted afterwards thanking the commission. The tweet can be shown below via Jones’ account.
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