When last we left our former champ Jon Jones, he was on the run from the law… no, wait, he was no longer on the run from the law – he was on the run from some sort of failed drug test administered by the good folks at USADA.
But to hear his attorney tell it, the claim of inadvertently taking a supplement containing the banned substance has been back up by USADA’s independent testing of the supplement. As per the Luke Thomas Show (h/t MMAFighting):
“We’ve been able to establish the source of the prohibited substances. It came from a product that Jon took that was not labelled with either of these substances. We had it tested, the product was contaminated with both of them. I know USADA also independently had the product tested; their testing confirms what we found. We then sent essentially the same pills that we had had tested to be tested by USADA’s lab, which also found the same thing. So pretty much every time it’s been tested, it’s shown that the product is contaminated with both clomiphene and Letrozole, the two substances (Jones tested positive for).”
Jones’ arbitration hearing is scheduled for October 31 where he is looking at a maximum one year suspension or as little as being let off with a warning. Earlier this year Jones posted on his Instagram account that he was “expecting to be back in the octagon really soon” and his attorney believes that the discovery of the tainted supplement will facilitate that.
“It should definitely lead to a significant reduction, that’s our position. The way the anti-doping rules, at least with the UFC program, are written, they mirror the World Anti-Doping Code to some extent. There are some differences but essentially in a case like this you can’t argue that you have no fault if you take a supplement or product that’s contaminated but you can argue that you’re not significantly at fault, which gives you the ability to argue for a reduced sanction. So the sanction range under the UFC rules would be between a warning at a minimum and of course the maximum is at a year.”