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Jon Jones has reportedly agreed to a 15-month suspension from an arbitrator in his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case, according to MMA Fighting. The punishment will be retroactive from when the sample was collected on July 28, 2017, which means that his suspension will conclude in October. The timing of the decision could make Jones eligible for UFC 230 on November 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Rochester, New York native could make for a huge draw.
Arbitrator Richard H. McLaren determined that Jones, who was facing a ban of upwards of four years for a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, should receive 15 months given his degree of fault. Leading up to his UFC 214 match against Daniel Cormier, Bones passed seven of the eight tests he received in a span of 10 months. The only one he failed was an in-competition test he knew was coming.
Jones has denied knowingly taking the steroid, and claimed that he doesn't know how it got into his system.
Jones released a statement on the matter:
Following news of the suspension, Cormier talked about the possibility of a rematch with Jones:
Comeback Season begins now, huh? Let's just hope this latest comeback actually gets off the ground.