Jon Jones receives retroactive suspension for doping, can return for UFC 230
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be eligible to fight by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday announced the length of Jones' ban for his second violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy.
The decision means the 31-year-old Jones could even fight at UFC 230 in New York on Nov. 3, if the UFC decides to book his comeback bout on that card.
Jones is widely considered the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career.
He reclaimed the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last summer, but the victory was taken away when he tested positive for a steroid metabolite.
Jones also failed an out-of-competition test in 2016.