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UFC releases statement on Jon Jones’ one-year suspension

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Jon Jones received a one-year suspension from an independent arbitration panel Monday in his USADA doping case.

Jones tested positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and Letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. He was pulled from his title fight against Daniel Cormier just three days before the card in Las Vegas.

The arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions ruled that Jones might not have knowingly ingested the two substances, but in taking a sexual-performance pill he was "reckless" despite knowledge of the UFC anti-doping policy and should have a high level of fault.

The UFC released a statement on the matter later Monday. The full text can be read below:

UFC is aware of the one-year sanction levied against Jon Jones as a result of his UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation, decided by a three-person arbitration panel held on Monday, October 31, 2016. UFC has been advised that the one-year suspension commenced on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. While the decision indicates no evidence of Jones' intentional use of banned substances, it does highlight the care and diligence that is required by athletes competing in the UFC to ensure that no prohibited substances enter their system.

One year was the maximum Jones faced from USADA because of the nature of the substance. He is still facing a suspension and fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The suspension in the USADA case is retroactive to July 6, 2016, so Jones will be eligible to fight again in the UFC on July 7, 2017.