Jon Jones has officially returned.
Jones received a provisional license to fight at a meeting of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on Sunday. On December 29, he voted against Alexander Gustafsson on the UFC 232. It is expected that it will be the empty UFC light heavyweight.
Jones' licensing hearing was the last hurdle to prevent the upcoming 205-pound champion's return to the cage. His license was previously revoked by the CSAC at a February meeting of the commission, at which he was also fined $ 205,000. At this last meeting, CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster said that California would honor the USADA resolution on this case, which turned out to be a 1
Commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez also suggested that Jones enroll in additional Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) drug testing for 3-4 months.
"I know you said that you are happy that the USADA has stated that you have not intentionally done your last exam and all that, but you and I know that there are a large number of people who still have doubts, right? "Shen-Urquidez said to Jones.
"They are out there and not just a bit of doubt, but there are people who have serious doubts about it. That's why I want to put doubts to sleep and get rid of them once and for all so people will believe you – that you are so talented and that you are the greatest and that you can win a fight. Just clean and that's Jon Jones and to eliminate these doubts once and for all. So I have this idea and will only publish it there and see if you agree. "
After discussing with his lawyer Howard Jacobs and UFC Executive Council member Marc Ratner, Jones was generally satisfied." On the proposal, however, he did not agree formally. Jacobs said the Jones team will explore the implications and details of the VADA program before making any official decision.
Jones does not have to agree to the additional VADA test and can still say no without receiving another penalty.
"I just want to make sure it's clear that everyone understands what we say," said Jacobs. "We agree in principle. Of course, the devil is in the detail. We need to see what exactly we agree on, what VADA tests when they test what their limitations are. "
" I would suggest that in my opinion – right now I say my modest opinion – it is better for Mr. Jones to voluntarily decide and not be forced to, "said John Carvelli, chairman of the CSAC. We really hope you will do that for you and for your own sake, I think Commissioner Martha has made it clear to you what you are all about. "
CSAC will pay for the additional VADA tests When Jones agrees to submit to her.
CSAC managing director Andy Foster defended Jones several times in hearings and charges against handling the case by USADA. He recommended to the commission that Jones' case be the last time that "I do not think Mr. Jones is intentionally a doper," Foster said, "I just do not believe it, if so, he's the worst martial arts doper in the world He did not pass the test he knows he will come to. "
Jones, 31, was on an anabolic steroid metabolite Turinabol one day before his UFC 214 title fight against Daniel Cormier in July Tested positive on 29th of 2017 in Anaheim, California – his second drug test over two years. Jones won the fight by the knockout in the third round, but the result was discarded by the CSAC as a result of the positive drug test for non-competition.
After he had brought his case before a USDA arbitration, Jones was finally reduced by 15 suspension of referee Richard H. McLaren – a decision that was controversial for many, including Cormier. The suspension was made retroactively to the date of sampling – July 28, 2017 – and Jones was given permission to fight again from October 28, provided that he had received the license back from CSAC.
Second USADA The offender Jones was faced with a suspension of up to four years for his last failed drug test. However, his suspension was reduced to fifteen months because Jones had provided substantial support in other USADA cases to drug testing outside of competitions in the ten months around UFC 214 and failed only at the competition test he knew would come prematurely.
"The independent referee found that Jon Jones did not intentionally cheat in this case. and although we felt that 18 months were the appropriate sanction given the other circumstances of the case, we respect the referee's decision and believe that justice has been served, "US President Travis T. Tygart said in a statement by the judge t ime. "This case is another strong reminder that athletes need to be extremely careful with the products and supplements they use to make sure they do not contain any banned substances."
Earlier, Jones had tested two anti-estrogen drugs in an out-of-out test. Competing Drug Test in 2016. This failed drug trial forced him out of a scheduled rematch against Cormier at UFC 200, just days after the event. An arbitration panel has finally blocked Jones in this case for a year. Before that, Jones was deprived of the long-running UFC light-heavyweight title in 2015 after he arrested a crime.
Despite his transgressions, Jones (22-1, 1 NC) remains one of the most accomplished and decorated fighters ever to compete in mixed martial arts. From March 2011 to January 2015, he won nine consecutive UFC title fights and successfully defended his light heavyweight belt eight times in a row. Jones holds notable victories over Cormier, Gustafsson, Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans, Glover Teixeira, Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida. His only loss, a controversial 2009 against Matt Hamill, came through disqualification.