Nearly a year after news surfaced that he failed a drug test after his rematch with Daniel Cormer at UFC 214, Jon Jones has been officially suspended for 15 months. However, he could be back in just about a month.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Wednesday (Sept. 19) that it had suspended Jones for 15 months, for a dirty drug test on July 28, 2017. However, the suspension is retroactive to the date of the test, meaning Jones has already served nearly 14 months.
This would mean that Jones could be eligible to return to competition by Oct. 28.
Jon Jones was facing a maximum ban of four years.
Since the dirty test, he has maintained that he did not take any performance-enhancing drug around the time of the test, but he did admit to the use of illicit drugs, including cocaine, “prior to and for a period of time after” July 28, 2017.
The failed test came one day before he won (via knockout) his rematch with Cormier to reclaim the light heavyweight championship at UFC 214. It has since been changed to a no contest.