Jon Jones sat in with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) today to go through his case after his recent run-in with USADA following his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier. The purpose of the hearing was to finally receive the word on the consequences Jon Jones will face. The CSAC are letting USADA handle the suspension, but they are revoking his license which could put him out of the sport for a year. As far as fines, the CSAC wants 40-percent of Jones’ $500K purse from UFC 214 plus an addition $5K.
Throughout the hearing, there was an exhaustive list of Jon Jones’ run-ins with the law as well as USADA. With this, they established a pattern and built the case against Jon Jones and even got him to admit he was ‘reckless’ and ‘negligent’. Although some believed his common sense argument as to why he’d never intentionally dope that close to a fight, they also decided it was time for Jon Jones to spend time away from the sport.
The reason for the revocation of a license in lieu of a suspension, is that after a year is up, Jon Jones will have to appear before the CSAC to show ‘evidence of rehabilitation’. If they don’t see sufficient improvement, they can opt to not license him when he can re-apply as early as August of this year. They went on to estimate the forthcoming USADA suspension to be 18 months to 2 years, and added they all want to see Jones back in the sport ‘as soon as possible’.
This Jon Jones situation has played out like a movie, complete with plot twists and cameos. The former UFC light heavyweight champion tested positive for Turinabol, which set forth a domino effect that we’ve never seen in the history of our sport so far: Multiple tests, sabotage allegations, delayed hearings, an independent polygraph, not to mention the constant and confident tease that Jones will be back this year despite the previous strikes on his record in addition to this latest one. Jon Jones and his management are expected to go through an arbitration after the pending USADA suspension so, in short, this case is far from over.
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 2/27/2018.