Jon Jones chances of avoiding a lengthy suspension for his failed drug test prior to UFC 200 have received a boost after USADA confirmed that a supplement he was taking was tained.
That’s the word according to Jones’ attorney Howard Jacobs who says that the drug testing agency conducted their own independent testing of legal supplements that the interim light-heavyweight champion had taken prior to his test.
Jacobs told Luke Thomas on his SiriusXM radio show that that testing confirmed the fighter’s camps own conclusion that there was a tainted supplment, which could well explain how Jones ended up being flagged for two banned estrogen blockers.
That’s big news for Jones and his legal team as there’s now been several other examples of fighters such as Yoel Romero and Tim Means who have successfully managed to reduce potential two year suspensions from the sport to just six months due to proving they had taken tainted supplements.
Jones arbitration hearing with USADA will take place on October 31st, and if all goes well he could potentially be out from a reduced suspension by early next year.
However, the 29 year-old will also have to go before a Nevada State Athletic Commission, and it remains to be seen how they will handle this incident, so Jones is by no means out of the woods yet.