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Dana White Issues Statement on Jon Jones Ruling, Says Jon Jones Won’t Fight at UFC 230

September 20, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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As previously reported, the US Anti-Doping Agency finally reached a decision regarding the most recent failed drug test for former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in July 2017. Jones was handed down a retroactive suspension of 15 months and ruled that he was not intentionally trying to cheat. As a result, Jones is eligible to return to MMA as early as next month. UFC President Dana White later released a statement on the Jon Jones ruling.

White stated, “The science completely supports that finding. The science doesn’t lie, so I look forward to getting him back early next year.”

MMAjunkie reports that Dana White responded via text that Jon Jones has been ruled out of fighting UFC 230. That event is currently scheduled five days after Jones’ suspension is set to end. UFC 230 currently does not have a scheduled main event yet for the card.

Jones’ suspension is currently scheduled to end on October 28. UFC 230 is set for November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The card is already scheduled to feature Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier and Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman.

A time frame for Jones to return to the Octagon is not yet clear. You can read USADA’s full statement on the Jon Jones ruling RIGHT HERE.

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