Jon Jones has yet to get his ass kicked inside the Octagon.
But not even the former light heavyweight champion — still considered to be one of (if not THE) greatest pound-for-pound fighters in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) — can go the distance against a foe as formidable as science.
“Science has been kicking me in the ass,” Jones told the members of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) during today’s disciplinary hearing in Anaheim.
I’m sure it has nothing to do with those idiots in his bro squad.
“This situation is like really, really crappy. I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system,” he said. “Imagine being me. I have no clue how this happened. I’m just trying to figure it out just like everybody else.”
Despite his babe-in-the-woods routine, the commission was unsympathetic as to how the banned substance Turinabol got into his system, caught in a pre-fight drug test ahead of the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event last July.
As a result, CSAC fined Jones $205,000 and revoked his license to fight, preventing him from competing until after his upcoming hearing with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), where additional penalties may await.
Though as you can see from the above tweet, Jones did have CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster (somewhat) in his corner.
“This makes no sense for him to take this drug on a test that he knows is coming,” Foster said during the hearing. “That doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. But I do believe he should sit out for a while.”
Once Jones serves any additional suspension handed down by USADA (if any), he must then reapply for his license with CSAC and demonstrate what steps he took during the time off to clean up his act (and prove this theory).
As for the title Jones surrendered when all of this went down, that strap currently resides with longtime rival Daniel Cormier, who will put his championship duties on hold to try for a second belt against Stipe Miocic this summer.
Expect more updates on the future of Jones in the coming weeks, if not days.