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CSAC exec Andy Foster explains why he went to bat for Jon Jones — prior to revoking his license

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UFC 214  Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, had his mixed martial arts (MMA) license revoked by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on Tuesday at the conclusion of his disciplinary hearing in Anaheim.

Watch the video replay here.

“Bones” was forced to answer for a failed drug test ahead of the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event, an infraction that cost him a championship title. But Executive Director Andy Foster isn’t convinced Jones was intentionally cheating, despite the detection of Turinabol.

From MMA Fighting:

“This doesn’t make any sense. He passed all the tests that were surprise tests, the out-of-competition tests, but then he fails the one he knows is coming? That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. And with a drug that is easily detectable. There’s a lot of things that doesn’t make any sense about this. As you know, I can’t deal with that. I can only deal with the facts that are in front of me. I think I tried to make it clear that I don’t think this is a career-ending type of offense. So, hopefully something reasonable comes out of the thing.”

That remains to be seen.

Working in Jones favor is the fact that he passed the rest of his drug tests before and after UFC 214, including those administered by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). That’s why UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, Jeff Novitzky, joins Foster in his assessment of Jones’ latest hiccup.

Though I doubt either of them will be defending this.

While he can technically reapply in August, “Bones,” will need to serve any suspension handed down by USADA before CSAC will consider reinstating his license to fight. We won't know the length of that time out until he gets in front of the regulating body in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned.