The UFC interim light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones seemed optimistic about his doping case, but he was hit with the full suspension, a one-year ban by the USADA.

via MMAfighting:

The ban is retroactive to when the results came back, so Jones will be eligible to return to the Octagon in July 2017. it was the first time a UFC athlete has gone to arbitration with USADA since UFC partnered with the anti-doping agency last year.

Jones, 29, claimed he took a contaminated sexual-performance pill and USADA confirmed that the pill was tainted. But the arbitrators said in their decision that Jones didn’t do his due diligence in determining whether or not what he was using was within the confines of the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.

They found that his fault was “at the top end of the scale,” because the only questions Jones asked about the particular tablet was toward the teammate who gave it to him and whether or not it was effective from a sexual-performance standpoint.

“His degree of fault in fact verged on the reckless,” the arbitrators wrote.

Jones tested positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and Letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. Both drugs are anti-estrogen agents. He was pulled from that fight against Daniel Cormier three days before the potential bout when the results came back, losing around a $10 million payday in the process.

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