Despite testing positive in his UFC 232 VADA test, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was not suspended by the California State Athletic Commission
The man who made that call, CSAC Director Andy Foster went into detail about that decision in a recent interview with Fightful MMA.
“The scientists have said there was no evidence of re-administration, the evidence…when we go back and look at the testing from August until now,” Foster said of Jon Jones. “It is indisputable that there’s been no re-administration and there’s no way to prove re-administration between July and what I believe is August of 2018, so Jon Jones, like any athlete, is afforded the presumption of innocence. That doesn’t change based on who you are, he served his time…he sat out his time and scientists say…multiple scientists have said, including the expert scientist that I used when I got Jon for the metabolite in 2017, put in writing that there’s no evidence of re-administration”
One of the people who isn’t happy with the decision is Bellator President Scott Coker. The former Strikeforce boss said he was disappointed in the decision. Foster says Coker may feel differently if he looked over the documents.
“I love Bellator, Scott Coker is a great promoter. Scott and I have talked about this, he’s welcome to disagree with that decision…I 100% agree that he can disagree with me. He’s not saw these documents, I would be surprised if he had the same opinion after he read those documents. Scott’s a promoter, he’s a great promoter. I’m a regulator, I’m going to let Scott promote and I’m going to do the right thing. Not based on what I feel, based on scientific evidence,” said Foster.
Jon Jones is slated to defend his light heavyweight title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Mar. 2, pending approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.