Jon Jones may not be missing much time after all.
Looking to prove his innocence as a clean fighter after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in July, Jones and his team may have done just that. According to Jones’ lawyer, Howard Jacobs, they have found the root of the banned substance.
“We’ve been able to establish the source of the prohibited substances,” Jacobs said on The Luke Thomas Show (h/t Bloody Elbow). “It came from a product that Jon took that was not labelled with either of these substances. We had it tested; the product was contaminated with both of them. I know USADA also independently had the product tested; their testing confirms what we found. We then sent essentially the same pills that we had had tested to be tested by USADA’s lab, which also found the same thing. Pretty much every time it’s been tested, it’s shown that the product is contaminated with both clomiphene and Letrozole.”
This is the third time a fighter has claimed a tainted supplement was the source of a failed drug test; both Yoel Romero and Tim Means successfully received reduced suspensions as a result.
“It should definitely lead to a significant reduction — that’s our position,” Jacobs said. “The way the anti-doping rules, at least with the UFC program, are written, they mirror the World Anti-Doping Code to some extent — there are some differences. In a case like this, you can’t argue that you have no fault if you take a supplement or product that’s contaminated. But you can argue that you’re not significantly at fault, which gives you the ability to argue for a reduced sanction.”
It’s worth noting both Means and Romero faced two-year suspensions that were brought down to six months. Jones, however, was facing a yearlong ban, which means his reduced suspension could be even shorter.