Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, faced the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) earlier today (Feb. 27, 2018) to answer for his positive drug test at UFC 214, one that overturned his championship win to a “No Contest.”
Watch the video replay here.
After hearing the evidence presented by “Bones,” CSAC hit the embattled pound-for-pound great with a revocation of his mixed martial arts (MMA) license, as well as a monetary fine of $205,000.
That means his matters with “The Golden State” are on hold until further notice, as Jones must still answer to United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the coming weeks, and could be slapped with another — and potentially longer — disciplinary suspension.
That’s because Jones is a repeat offender, having already served a mandatory timeout for blowing up his UFC 200 drug test back in July 2016. While his management expects the ex-champ to be back in action by the end of the year, there are still too many variables to call it a lock.
In addition, Jones must first reapply for a fight license in California before he can compete again (in any reciprocating jurisdiction), a condition added with the purpose of having “Bones” prove to the commission that he’s (finally) cleaned up his act.
Until then, reigning 205-pound kingpin Daniel Cormier will keep the title on ice to try his luck against heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic, right after he finishes his coaching duties on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27.