Jon Jones suspended one year by Nevada Commission over failed drug test

BY Damon Martin • December 15, 2016

Jon Jones can finally close the door on UFC 200 and prepare to return to action in 2017.

The former light heavyweight champion agreed to a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Thursday after he failed an out-of-competition drug test given on June 16 that revealed both hydroxyclomiphene and Letrozale in his system.

Both anti-estrogen drugs are banned at all times for athletes.

Jones was expected to fight current champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in July before the drug test results forced him off the card.

The suspension Jones received is exactly the same as the punishment doled out by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) following a recent arbitration hearing with the 29-year-old New York native. In that hearing, Jones revealed that he had taken an off-market erectile dysfunction medication that was the source of the illegal substances.

Jones and his attorneys had already hashed out the agreement with the Nevada Commission ahead of Thursday's hearing where the governing body voted unanimously to approve the measure.

Jones will be eligible to return to action on July 6, 2017.

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