The long-awaited announcement for what kind of suspension Jon Jones would be given was finally announced yesterday. And it was to the displeasure of many.
Jones received a 15-month suspension from the date of his test failure which equals out to him being eligible to return on October 28. This all despite the failure being his second offense. Jones was able to reduce what was to be a 30-month suspension due to his willingness to cooperate with USADA and tell them who some other offenders are.
Jones’ arch-rival, the current light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wasn’t all too fond of the ruling. And neither was his teammate, the lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov who shared his disagreement with to TMZ.
“USADA gives my friends two years for first-time problem with USADA. They give us two years, my friends. What about Jon Jones? He have second-time problem and they give him one and a half years? I think it’s very bad. It’s very bad. They have to give him a little bit more but now I understand…USADA is No. 1 bullsh*t.
They test DC the last 15 or 20 years, they tested DC 70 times. He’s the greatest champion inside the cage and outside of the cage. Now they give to Jon Jones one and a half years? I think it’s a very bad decision for MMA. A lot of people are upset about this. Jon Jones is a great fighter, he’s a very good fighter but if you talk about rules, everybody have to follow rules.”
Nurmagomedov will be defending his crown at UFC 229 on October 6 as he welcomes Conor McGregor back to the MMA world after a two-year hiatus.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/20/2018