Jon Jones issued the following statement about his one year suspension from fighting through his public relations rep Denise White:
"Although I was hopeful for a better outcome in the USADA ruling today, I am very respectful of the process in which they allowed me to defend myself. I have always maintained my innocence and I am very happy I have been cleared in any wrong doing pursuant to the allegations made that I had intentionally taken a banned substance. I am pleased that in USADA's investigation they determined I was "not a cheater of the sport". Being cleared of these allegations was very important to me. I have worked hard in and outside of the octagon to regain my image and my fighting career and will take these next eight months to continue my training and personal growth both as a man and a athlete. Thank you to all of my fans, teammates, coaches, sponsors and to the UFC for their continued support.”
While Jones is suspended, he has verbally agreed to a grappling match with Dan Henderson at Chael Sonnen's Submission Underground 2 on Dec. 11, 2016 from the Rosalind Theater in Portland, Oregon. The match will be streamed live by FloGrappling.com.
Jones will be able to compete in the match because the Oregon State Athletic Commission does not regulate grappling events. What is interesting is Jones’s UFC contract does prevent him from participating in dangerous events because they increase risk of injury but the UFC has made exceptions before. MMAJunkie.com reached out to the UFC but did not receive a response.
Jones and Heno aren’t the only names from UFC on the card as Miesha Tate will face Jessica Eye. Tate will be coming off her fight at Saturday’s UFC 205 against Raquel Pennington.
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