Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had his day before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) today. A hearing was held at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, seven months after Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test in relation to his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July.
Howard Jacobs represented Jones today but did not contest the positive test results. Instead both he and Jones insisted that the former champion did not knowingly put the banned substances into this body. Jones stated that he never even took the required USADA tutorials, that his management team did them for him and forged his signature.
“This situation is like really, really crappy,” Jones said. “I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system.
“Imagine being me. I have no clue how this happened. I’m just trying to figure it out just like everybody else.”
Martha Shen-Urquidez, commissioner for the CSAC lashed on to Jones and his troubled past. CSAC executive officer Andy Foster recommended that CSAC does not reinstate Jones until the conclusion of his USADA suspension, which has not yet been set. Jones’ CSAC license expires this coming August.
As a result of today’s hearing, Jones was fined $205,000 and had his license to compete revoked.
He still has to go through a hearing with USADA and could face a four year suspension there.
Jones defeated Cormier by third-round TKO last summer to recapture the UFC light heavyweight belt, but the result was overturned by CSAC to a no contest last September when the positive drug test was confirmed. Due to that, the UFC then stripped Jones of the title and gave it back to Cormier.