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Jon Jones Suspended For One Year; Eligible To Return Next July

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Jon Jones has been suspended from fighting for one year due to his drug test failures associated with his scheduled fight against Daniel Cormier that was removed from the UFC 200 card. is reporting an independent arbitration panel handed down the suspension on Monday.

Jones's case with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was heard by three arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions last week and the decision came back to give him the full sanction.

Because Jones's suspension is retroactive, he will be eligible to return to the UFC in July 2017. Jones, the current UFC interim light heavyweight champion, is the first UFC fighter to take his USADA case to arbitration since UFC partnered with the non-profit organization to handle their drug testing last year.

Jones tested positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and Letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. He claimed he took a contaminated sexual-performance pill that the USADA confirmed was contaminated. However, arbitrators determined 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. has the complete story at this link.

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