ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones will not be eligible to fight for one year after he tested positive for two banned substances.
The decision was handed down Monday after an arbitration panel reviewed the facts of the case on October 31, 2016.
Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole back in July and was pulled from UFC 200 just days before his fight against Daniel Cormier. Clomiphene and letrozole are two substances typically used to mask steroid use.
According to the arbitration, Jones claimed he thought he was taking Cialis, a sexual performance drug. While Cialis is not on the list of banned substances, the panel said that Jones did not do his due diligence and instead relied on his teammate to tell him what the pill was.
At an emotional press conference in Las Vegas in July, Jones denied any wrongdoing.
“Whatever it is, I can’t even pronounce it, I’ve never even heard of it,” he said at the time.
According to the ruling, Jones “is not a drug cheat. He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance.”
The ban is retroactive so Jones will be able to make a return to the octagon in July 2017.