Jon Jones suspended for one year by the USADA, window open for him to fight again before turning 30 (w/Keller’s Analysis)

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Jon Jones (artist Grant Gould © MMATorch)

Jon Jones has been suspended for one year, effective through July 6, 2017, by the United States Anti-Doping Agency due to a June 16 failed drug test before UFC 200. He tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, two substances banned by the USADA.

Jones, recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter, who has 22 wins and zero actual losses except for a disqualification decision in 2010, won’t be eligible to fight until next summer at the earliest. The Nevada State Athletic Commission can also discipline him further. If his suspension isn’t extended, he has a chance to fight one more time in his 20s before his 30th birthday next July 27.

Keller’s Analysis: He has been a screw-up with a cocaine test failure and a hit-and-run incident that have derailed a career that could have put him in the conversation by now as the greatest athlete of his generation in any sport. His chance to correct course begins as soon as next summer, and all eyes in the MMA world will be on whether he can mature and focus on his career and stay out of trouble. Daniel Cormier is surely eager to be first in line, as the only blemish on his 18-1 record is a loss to Jones.


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