Community service for Jon Jones
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been ordered to do three months of community service in addition to a 15-month suspension handed down Wednesday by a neutral arbitrator.
In a prepared statement released after Jones’ (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) suspension was announced, the California State Athletic Commission called the punishment “agreeable, in concept.” But CSAC executive director Andy Foster told MMAjunkie Thursday that the commission expected an 18-month term and added the community service to close the gap.
It’s not yet decided when Jones needs to complete his community service, Foster added.
Jones, 31, went before the CSAC in February to answer for a failed drug test at UFC 214 in Anaheim, where he knocked out Daniel Cormier to win back the light heavyweight title. Before the commission, which regulated the event, Jones claimed he didn’t knowingly take an oral steroid found in his system, but he didn’t dispute the commission’s findings. Despite an impassioned defense, the commission subsequently revoked his fight license, fined him $205,000 and overturned his win against Cormier.
Foster recommended Jones be allowed to re-apply for a new fight license when a concurrent case with USADA concluded.
Jones faced up to a four-year suspension for his second anti-doping violation with the UFC’s anti-doping partner. But before he headed into arbitration, USADA agreed to reduce his suspension by 30 months in exchange for “substantial assistance” in other potential anti-doping cases. Combined with another clause for a reduction based on his degree of fault, he faced only between 12 and 18 months suspension, retroactive to the July 28 date he tested positive.
The source of Jones’ positive test couldn’t be pinpointed despite the testing of 14 supplements he took prior to UFC 214, but another clause in the UFC’s anti-doping program didn’t require him to identify the source to reduce his fault. The arbitrator in charge of Jones’ case, noted anti-doping investigator Richard McLaren, found the fighter could have taken better steps to avoid a second violation, but also ruled it wasn’t intentional. He added that the steroid metabolite found in his system couldn’t have enhanced his performance.
McLaren’s deduction of three months from a maximum 18-month penalty was opposed by USADA.
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