NASC Extends Jon Jones’ Temporary Suspension

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is extending Jon Jones’s temporary suspension in testing positive for two banned substances, ESPN reports.

The organization confirmed that an out-of-competition sample supplied by Jones tested positive for clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic on the banned subtances list. Results also found traces of letrozole, which functions to avoid the synthesis of androgens such as testosterone into estrogen.

Jones, who turns 29 this Tuesday, was forced to withdraw from a light heavyweight championship match against Daniel Cormier three days before UFC 200 earlier this month. However, Jones is choosing not to dispute the 2-year temporary suspension, which falls under the policies of UFC’s drug program and the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Prior to this incident, Jones had never tested positive for an illegally banned substance. Results of the B-Sample confirmed the existence of the banned substances, after Jones and his agent Malki Kawa requested the June 16 sample to be analyzed.

During a news conference, Jones, who trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, disaffirmed knowingly taking any prohibited substances.

Kawa says the team is planning to fight the suspension.

“They found something in one of my samples. I don’t even know how to pronounce it. I’ve been taking the same supplements the majority of my career. I’ve been so outspoken about being against any type of performance enhancers. To this day, I’m extremely against performance enhancers,” Jones argued at the conference.

“The whole thing sucks,” he later admitted. “Being labeled as someone who would cheat hurts more than anything else I’ve ever been through in my career.”

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