Jon Jones’s suspension from the octagon has been extended after officials revealed on Monday that the UFC star tested positive for two banned estrogen blockers, clomiphene and letrozole.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Jones had clomiphene and letrozole in his system when he tested positive on 16 June. The substances are banned year-round by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The Nevada district attorney’s office informed the NSAC of a potential hearing date in September or October. Jones will remain suspended until then after his Nevada fight license was extended by a unanimous vote.
Jones, 28, denied using banned substances in a tearful press conference two weeks ago. He was pulled from a light heavyweight championship fight against Daniel Cormier three days before UFC 200, and his team speculated that tainted supplement use had cause of the positive test.
UFC president Dana White said he believed Jones’s claim that he had taken a banned substance unwittingly, but said it should have never been allowed to reach that stage.
“Listen, I’m not the biggest Jon Jones fan right now, but I truly believe that he did take a supplement that had banned stuff in it, and it wasn’t intentional,” White said. “I truly believe that.
“But at the same time, come on, OK? You’re 28 years old, and you’re probably the greatest talent to ever step foot in this sport, right? Call USADA and tell them what supplements you’re taking. You’ve already been through this history of just absolute madness. Why did you – forget about doing it to us – why would you do this to yourself?”
Jones faces a two-year suspension under the policies of UFC’s drug program and the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Shortly after he was removed from UFC 200, Jones and his agent, Malki Kawa, requested the B-sample from June 16 to be analyzed. Results of the B-sample test confirmed the presence of the banned substances.
“They found something in one of my samples,” Jones said on 8 July. “I don’t even know how to pronounce it. I’ve been taking the same supplements the majority of my career. I’ve been so outspoken about being against any type of performance enhancers. To this day, I’m extremely against performance enhancers.
“The whole thing sucks. Being labeled as someone who would cheat hurts more than anything else I’ve ever been through in my career.”
Jones’ agent Malki Kawa claims his client missed out on an eight-figure payday over the cancelled fight with Cormier.
“You’re talking about an eight-figure payday,” Kawa told MMAFighting.com. “Eight figures. Conor [McGregor] can talk about whatever he gets and all of that, Jon is by far the highest paid guy in the UFC, and the numbers that were shown that day for everybody from Brock [Lesnar] and the way down, Jon was making more than all of that. So for me, we lost out on an eight-figure payday, including myself.”
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Monday 18th July 2016 20.03 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010