Jones, 29, is expected to headline Submission Underground's second event in a grappling match against Dan Henderson on Dec. 11 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Submission Underground founder Chael Sonnen announced the match-up Monday on The MMA Hour, less than an hour after word came down that Jones had received a one-year suspension for his UFC 200 drug testing failure by a three-man team of arbitrators.
"I don't think that affects it," said Sonnen, who claimed he was unaware of the suspension at the time of his announcement. "... Grappling never has in the past, but the commission, if they ask for something, particularly if you're making a deal, you want to do it their way. So I imagine there could be some red tape there.
"I don't have a concern about it," Sonnen continued. "But I suppose we have to go back to the other side and make sure there's nothing missing there."
Jones tested positive for two banned substances, clomiphene and Letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200. "Bones" claimed the failed test was the result of a tainted sexual-performance pill -- a claim which USADA confirmed -- however the arbitrators on Monday decreed that Jones was still at fault for the "reckless" lack of due diligence showed by Jones by taking the pill.
Jones was ultimately given a suspension stretching into July 2017, however he also will be subject to a potential punishment from the Nevada Athletic Commission, so that suspension has the chance to be longer.
In the meantime, it looks as though Jones will rekindle his old rivalry against Henderson in an eight-minute grappling match at Submission Underground II under EBI rules.
Jones and Henderson were infamously scheduled to fight at UFC 151, however Henderson withdrew from the match just days out from the event. The UFC ended up scrapping the entire pay-per-view and pinned much of the blame on Jones for refusing to accept a fight against Sonnen on short notice. But now Jones and Henderson will give it another shot.
"The deal was pretty easy. Jon had come to the table pretty quick, and Jon suggested it," Sonnen said. "He said, ‘why don't we do Dan Henderson?' We were in talks with Nick Diaz, Michael Bisping wanted the match, and we kind of took Jon's advice. We thought, well, you know what, that does make some sense. That's the match that never happened, and we might be the only promotion to ever get these two guys together. So there it is."
Sonnen also announced a fight between UFC bantamweights Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye for the event's co-main event. Submission Underground II is expected to feature a six-fight main card and will air via online pay-per-view on FloGrappling.