Jon Jones’ UFC suspension extended after officials disclose results of pharmaceutical research

Jones, 28, tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, and will remain suspended until formal hearing later in the year

Jon Joness suspension from the octagon has been extended after officials revealed on Monday that the UFC star tested positive for two banned estrogen blockers, clomiphene and letrozole.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Jones had clomiphene and letrozole in his system when he tested positive on 16 June. The substances are banned year-round by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Nevada district attorneys office informed the NSAC of a potential hearing date in September or October. Jones will remain suspended until then after his Nevada fight license was extended by a unanimous vote.

Jones, 28, denied using banned substances in a tearful press conference two weeks ago. He was pulled from a light heavyweight championship fight against Daniel Cormier three days before UFC 200, and his team speculated that tainted supplement use had cause of the positive test.

UFC president Dana White said he believed Joness claim that he had taken a banned substance unwittingly, but said it should have never been allowed to reach that stage.

Listen, Im not the biggest Jon Jones fan right now, but I truly believe that he did take a supplement that had banned stuff in it, and it wasnt intentional, White said. I truly believe that.

But at the same time, come on, OK? Youre 28 years old, and youre probably the greatest talent to ever step foot in this sport, right? Call USADA and tell them what supplements youre taking. Youve already been through this history of just absolute madness. Why did you forget about doing it to us why would you do this to yourself?

Jones faces a two-year suspension under the policies of UFCs drug program and the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Shortly after he was removed from UFC 200, Jones and his agent, Malki Kawa, requested the B-sample from June 16 to be analyzed. Results of the B-sample test confirmed the presence of the banned substances.

They found something in one of my samples, Jones said on 8 July. I dont even know how to pronounce it. Ive been taking the same supplements the majority of my career. Ive been so outspoken about being against any type of performance enhancers. To this day, Im extremely against performance enhancers.

The whole thing sucks. Being labeled as someone who would cheat hurts more than anything else Ive ever been through in my career.

Jones agent Malki Kawa claims his client missed out on an eight-figure payday over the cancelled fight with Cormier.

Youre talking about an eight-figure payday, Kawa told MMAFighting.com. Eight figures. Conor [McGregor] can talk about whatever he gets and all of that, Jon is by far the highest paid guy in the UFC, and the numbers that were shown that day for everybody from Brock [Lesnar] and the way down, Jon was making more than all of that. So for me, we lost out on an eight-figure payday, including myself.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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