It sounds like the former UFC light heavyweight champion will wait until after the holidays to fight his latest drug test failure.
For those hoping to get another gift as glorious as the “dick pills” excuse this holiday season, it looks like that particular package didn’t make it in Santa’s sleigh. Or, to put it more plainly, that MMA Fighting reports Jon Jones’ planned Dec. 12th hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has been delayed.
‘Bones’ was set to appear in front of commission officials next month in Sacramento, to argue his case against possible suspension, stemming from a failed July 28th drug test surrounding his UFC 214 bout against Daniel Cormier. Jones won the fight via KO in round 3, reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title in the process. He was later stripped of the belt when results of his failed test came to light.
Jones came up positive for the steroid turibanol, his second failed test in as many years – having tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole ahead of a planned UFC 200 bout, also against Cormier. In the time since his latest failed test, Jones has strenuously denied knowingly taking the steroid, and his team is reportedly working to have Jones’ supplements tested for possible tainting.
That’s most likely why the Jackson-Wink fighter has asked for – and been granted – a continuance by the CSAC, pushing his scheduled upcoming hearing back until February. As it is his second doping offence, Jones is facing as much as a 4-year suspension along with possible fines if he cannot prove that his ingestion of turibanol was purely accidental.
In the meantime, DC has been re-crowned and is waiting on his next title challenger. A proposed fight against Volkan Oezdemir has been penciled in for January 20th. However, following recent news of Oezdemir’s arrest on assault allegations, that fight may be up in the air. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates.