A positive test result for the steroid Turnibol has resulted in a provisional suspension for UFC fighter Jon Jones.
This suspension was well after the fact, as the fight was against Daniel Cormier in Anaheim, California in July of 2017.
The California State Athletic Commission levied a fine of $205,000 on Jones, an amount equal to 40 percent of his take of the purse, plus an additional $5,000 for good measure.
He cannot engage in any fights in California before August of 2018 at the earliest, when he will have to reapply for his California license.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will also have a shot at Jones, but the date for that hearing has yet to be determined, although it would seem that the outcome is a mere formality.
Jones has been caught red handed before and this is his second offense. The USADA might also give him a ban of longer than one year, which would prevent him from fighting not only in California, but also anywhere for the length of the ban. In order to reapply for his credentials following a ban by the USADA, he would have to show evidence of rehabilitation. Normal suspensions for other reasons result in automatic license restoration following a suspension.
Jones maintained his innocence at the California hearing, claiming, “I did not do steroids. I swear on my heavenly father that I am not wrong. I swear on everything.”
Jones has lost only once in his 24-fight career and it would appear obvious as to why. He was stripped of the light-heavyweight title he took from Cormier at UFC 214. He was stripped of that same title in 2015 when he was involved in a hit-and-run driving accident.
He held an interim belt in 2016, but was stripped of that when he tested positive for the banned estrogen blockers clomiphene and letrozole.
Jones said at that time the positive result was the fault of a sex enhancement pill.
Mr. Jones, avoid needles and tablets of any kind and you might be able to go two consecutive years without a license revocation.