ANAHEIM, Calif. — The California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday revoked former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ fighter’s license and fined him $205,000 as a consequence of his positive test for a steroid in July.
Jones lives in Albuquerque and trains here at Jackson-Wink MMA.
The length of Jones’ absence from the Octagon is up to the United States Anti-Drug Agency, which suspended him provisionally after his positive test for Turinabol before his July 29 UFC title fight against champion Daniel Cormier in Sacramento, Calif. Jones won the fight, but the outcome was declared no contest and Cormier was reinstated after Jones’ positive test was revealed in August.
USADA has yet to make a definitive ruling on the length of his suspension.
Jones has contended he did not intentionally ingest the steroid. True or not, the banned substance got into his body and the commission ruled he is the responsible party.
“This situation is like really, really crappy,” Jones said at Tuesday’s CSAC meeting, as reported by mmafighting.com. “I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system.
“Imagine being me. I have no clue how this happened. I’m just trying to figure it out just like everybody else.”
Jones (22-1), still considered by many the world’s best MMA fighter, twice has lost his title without being defeated in the cage.
In 2015, he was stripped of the title after being involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident in southeast Albuquerque. Jones fled the scene on foot, and drug paraphernalia was discovered in the glove box of the rental car he was driving.
The following year, a title fight against Cormier was scrapped after it was announced Jones had tested positive for a banned substance. Jones served a one-year suspension, then returned and defeated Cormier — only to see his career derailed again.