The California State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to revoke the fight license of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones during a special hearing on Tuesday. The commission also fined Jones $205,000, who attempted to convince them he did not knowingly take a banned substance around UFC 214 for his fight with Daniel Cormier.
"I don't believe we should end Mr. Jones' career, but I do believe he should sit out for a while," CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster said (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes).
Jones will not have a fight license and will now move forward with his case with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He may re-apply for a fight license in California after his case with the USADA is resolved. That will be granted if a majority vote by the commission rules in his favor.
"It's been science that has been kicking me in the ass, if I can say that," Jones said. "I don't understand how any of this happened. None of this stuff makes sense to me. I have no clue how this happened. I'm trying to figure it out like everyone else."
Jones tested positive for Turinabol in a sample that was submitted prior to his fight against Cormier on July 29, 2017. Jones' win over Cormier was changed to a no-contest and Cormier was given back the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Jones sent several samples of the supplements he took to testing agencies in hopes of finding a pre-packaged contamination. The commission brought up several past issues with Jones, including his 2012 car crash and his arrest for drag racing, along with a hit-and-run in 2015.
"I have 1,000 percent paid for the dumb things that I've done," Jones said. "Honestly, I put it on everything that is dear to me that I did not do steroids."