The announcement was made one day after the B sample from Bones' failed drug test came back confirming that he had a steroid Turinabol in his system on fight night.
"Mr. Jones "B" sample has confirmed the "A" sample findings," the spokesperson said.
Back in July, in the main event of the stacked UFC 214, former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones stepped into the cage with reigning champ Daniel Cormier in an effort to reclaim the title he never truly lost. However, Wednesday afternoon, the California State Athletic Commission overturned the result of the July 29th fight to no-contest, according to MMA Fighting.
Per the UFC's anti-doping program, Jones could face a maximum suspension of four years, as this is his second offense.More news: Dead, Including Suspected Gunman, in Shooting in Texas
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Bernardi said if Jones were to have taken turinabol, he would likely have taken a higher dosage if he used the banned substance once. Following the positive test, Jones" team requested that the "B' sample also be tested and those results have just been returned.
The first positive test occurred at UFC 200, when Jones was scratched from the card and replaced by Anderson Silva against Cormier when his sample was flagged for estrogen blockers.
Now, he will have to wait for a ruling from the CSAC and USADA to see when he will be able to return to action. Jones retains the right to appeal the decision and potentially enter arbitration with USADA before any possible punishment is handed down. The UFC did not immediately strip Jones of his title and has not commented on the status of the division. He did pass two tests on July 6 and July 7.
Jones would recapture the light heavyweight title with a third-round TKO victory over Cormier, which happened to be the first time "DC" was finished in his career. If suspended, he could be 34 years old before his next fight, nearing the end of the prime of most fighters.