In breaking UFC news this morning, UFC Interim light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) has been stripped of his championship.
Jones was suspended for one year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a failed drug test prior to his bout with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. Jones was pulled from that card and did not fight. This is the second time UFC has stripped him of a championship. In April of 2015, Jones was involved with a hit-and-run accident in Arizona that he nearly faced jail time for. The company stripped him of the light heavyweight championship at that time as well.
UFC president Dana White said on the ESPN 5 Rounds podcast that “It doesn’t make sense. He was the interim champion because he should have been fighting for the title (at UFC 197). We gave him this, ‘You were supposed to fight for the title, here it is.’ It doesn’t make sense with all the stuff that is going on for him to still be the interim champion.”
Jones, who was riding a 13-fight winning streak, was hoping for a reprimand after arguing that the positive test was caused by a tainted sexual enhancement pill. In the press release by USADA following their decision, the agency had decided that Jones’ degree of fault was “at the very top end of the scale” for a violation for the estrogen blockers clomiphene and letrozole.
Jones still awaits punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on the positive test. That hearing has now been delayed a second time.