Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was stripped of his title and suspended following a positive USADA drug test for the steroid Turinabol in July of 2017 after defeating Daniel Cormeir via knockout at UFC 214.
Since then, we’ve heard a lot of talk from his camp and managers but haven’t seen much movement on the parts of USADA or the CSAC, who have been giving “Bones” time to build his case.
Now we have a CSAC hearing date for Jones: February 27th.
Jones is facing a gauntlet of suspensions from both USADA and the CSAC, and has already elected to take his case with USADA to arbitration. This date with the CSAC at the end of February will likely feature the same arguments Jon plans to give USADA, but it’s anyone’s guess how the commission will react. In the past, athletic commissions have been less forgiving towards athletes who argue tainted supplements than USADA has.
CSAC director Andy Foster hasn’t played his hand on the case, but he did previously declare Jones was “either extremely careless, or he’s a cheater.”
Earlier in the week, Jon’s manager said he thinks there’s a 95% chance Jones will compete in 2018, but that would take both USADA and the CSAC handing out suspensions of less than 18 months.
Given Jon’s previous drug test failure (which he claims was caused by off brand dick pills), it’s not that unlikely that he receives 2 years or more. USADA in particular could throw down a suspension of as long as 8 years, although that’s not very likely. At the very least, we’re starting to approach some closure on this latest snafu in Jon Jones’ career.