Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.


There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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