One aspect of Jon Jones' doping sanctions has been decided at a hearing Tuesday in Anaheim, California. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) passed sentence to Jones after he tested positive last year for Turinabol, a performance-enhancing substance banned by the USADA.
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As part of his sentencing, CSAC revoked Jones' MMA license and fined him to the tune of $205,000 in a hearing at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. Jones is the former UFC light heavyweight champion and widely regarded as one of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world.
The banned substance turned up in a drug test one week prior to his championship fight against Daniel Cormier. Andy Foster, the CSAC executive officer, recommended that CSAC does not reinstate Jones until the conclusion of his USADA suspension which has yet to be determined.
Howard Jacobs, Jones' attorney, did not contest the drug-test findings but rather argued that Jones did not knowingly take the banned substance. Jones himself adamantly denies intentionally taking the steroid on purpose and his defense centered around the fact he passed drug tests in early July and again on October 11.
Jones points to the fact that he passed drug tests prior and after testing positive for Turinabol as evidence he was not intentionally taking steroids. An anti-doping researcher named Paul Scott also attested as an expert witness that the tests did not point to intentional use.
15 supplements were tested including massage creams and none were contaminated with Turinabol. "This situation is like really, really crappy," Jones said. "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."
Commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez grilled Jones over his past legal issues and his 2016 drug test which were factors that obviously weighed heavily on the commission's decision. Jones is 30-years-old and is still facing sanctions from USADA, the UFC's anti-doping partner.
USADA could suspend Jones for up to four-years for his latest violation since he is considered a repeat offender. In 2016 he was suspended for a year after testing positive for banned substances clomiphene and Letrozol.
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