Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones could find out his fate later this month.
The California Athletic Commission will hold a special hearing on February 27 in Anaheim with Jones and members of the commission to discuss his alleged steroid use around UFC 214.
Jones failed an in-competition drug test when he was found that the steroid turinabol was in his system. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency also has a case with “Bones” and they could suspend him four years with it being his second offense under the new anti-doping program within the UFC.
Prior to UFC 200, Jones failed a pre-fight drug test for two banned substances and was given a year-long suspension.
The case for Jones is an interesting one. He took – and passed – a polygraph test earlier this year and has also been supported by UFC anti-doping official Jeff Novtizky during interviews.
“I don’t necessarily think that we put up a four-year sanction for a second-term offense when the first-term offense was shown that that person didn’t cheat intentionally – just operated with careless disregard,” Novitzky said. “It would not make a lot of sense for an individual, a UFC athlete, especially a championship contender like Jon Jones who knew, ‘I’m tested quite regularly in this program’ – it would not make a lot of sense that that would be your drug of choice if you’re trying to cheat. I think it’s come out after the fact that USADA did another test on Jon a month or two months after his positive test, and he was negative. So that would be indicative that the prohibited substance entered his system sometime after July 7th or 8th, and that was likely a pretty small amount and that cleared his system pretty quickly.
“Again, who knows where it plays out? But on the surface of things, at this point in the game with that type of information out there, it wouldn’t indicate intentional use. That could be wrong. I don’t know that definitively, and we’ll see how this plays out.”
Jones was stripped of the light heavyweight title after beating Cormier when he failed his drug test.