The UFC confirmed Tuesday evening that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential doping violation after he weighed in for his fight against Daniel Cormier on UFC 214 last month, company officials said in a statement.
If the violation upholds, Jones potentially faces a lengthy ban from competition:
If Jon Jones is found guilty when he goes through the due process with USADA he would be looking at anything from a 2-4 year suspension.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 23, 2017
Jones previously failed a drug test before he was scheduled to meet Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 200 last year. Jones has not officially been stripped of the light heavyweight title yet, according to UFC President Dana White:
CONFIRMED with Dana White: Jon Jones failed drug test at UFC 214. Per White, he hasn't been formally stripped of title yet. Wow.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 23, 2017
But if Jones’ violation stands, it’s hard to imagine the UFC keeping him as light heavyweight champion given the long suspension he likely faces. The title would likely go back to Cormier, adding yet another twist to the weird saga of probably the most talented mixed martial arts fighter, who can’t seem to get out of his own way.
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