Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones stood in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) earlier today (Feb. 27, 2018) to answer for his failed drug test following his UFC 214 title fight against Daniel Cormier last July.
And it didn’t go too well for “Bones.”
His license was revoked and he was fined a sum of $205,000 for the infraction, which was his second to date, but first under the California commission. Still, Jones has to wait and see if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) hands him a longer suspension from competing in MMA overall.
Naturally, many in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community took to social media to react to the news, and the feedback was mixed, to say the least.
I want to thank csac for taking the time and hearing my case, and executive officer Andy Foster for saying he believes me.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 27, 2018
hm. from what I remember, Bones only brings up God when he's lying and in trouble.— Jon Jones (@jonjones) February 27, 2018
"A cheater is something I'll never be. And, hey, sorry I poked you in the eye. It was an accid...oh sorry again. Unintentional."— JE Snowden (@JESnowden) February 27, 2018
The bad news: Jon Jones wasn’t able to rehabilitate his reputation this time. The good news: With Jon Jones, there’s always a next time.— Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) February 27, 2018
DC’s will probably retire before Jones comes out of suspension. So who takes over the division necause it looks like everyone is beating everyone!?— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) February 27, 2018
For those freaking out about Jon Jones' expert witness making $395 an hour - that's about the low end of what experts get paid to testify. So Jones got his money's worth.— jim genia (@jim_genia) February 27, 2018
August 28 is the date Jones’ license was revoked. So he’s eligible to reapply this August. No guarantee he’ll get it. And USADA sanctions still possible.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 27, 2018
I dunno if Malki Kawa didn't know what Jones' defence was going to be, or if he just honestly thought that would WORK, but there's basically 0% chance he fights in 2018 if that's the defence he gives USADA.— Iain Kidd (@iainkidd) February 27, 2018
I do believe one could argue the day ended well for Jones. If the CSAC gave him, say, a 2 year ban outright, he’s done for 2 years. But they’ve deferred to USADA. If USADA is somehow lenient and gives him a one year ban (retroactive to last July), he could fight again this year.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 27, 2018
We don’t know when the USADA hearing is yet. Going to be very interesting to see how it plays out. So while the day may have started rocky for Jones, I don’t think he got the worst-case scenario after all was said and done. We’ll see.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 27, 2018
Yeah. He avoided the worst today (which I'm OK with), but with no physical evidence to exonerate himself plus this being his second offense, it might get dicey with USADA. https://t.co/rnKRLxorPV— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) February 27, 2018
"Yes. My name is Barry Winkeljohn, Mike's wild card cousin. Sometimes they let me run the juice bar at the gym because I'm an ex-con. There was a mix-up. Jon Jones is innocent." https://t.co/hBAPkwsvL7— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) February 27, 2018
When you wake up to find out that Jones' defense on one of the most important days of his career was...— Submission Radio (@SubmissionAus) February 27, 2018
...nothing. Nothing at all. pic.twitter.com/JfhSeN8kHw
When I was nine years old, I watched a woman run into a crosswalk and get absolutely smashed by a four-door sedan so hard she cartwheeled over the body of the vehicle. I've never got to watch someone drown live before, though. Thanks, Jon Jones.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) February 27, 2018
You’ve seen the Twitter reactions, what’s yours?