A report by ESPN has revealed that Jon Jones has been stripped of his interim light-heavyweight title.
The former UFC light-heavyweight champion, widely considered one of the best talents to step foot in the octagon, was given a full one-year suspension by USADA after testing positive for banned substances in an out-of-competition drug test. The arbitration processes and independent lab testing concluded that Jones unknowingly took the substances through a contaminated sex-performance pill.
Jones won the interim title at UFC 197 in April with a unanimous decision victory over Ovince St. Preux and was booked for a rematch against light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The results of the drug test were revealed just days out of his UFC 200 main event bout against Cormier and resulted in him being pulled from the card.
This marks the second time that he has been stripped of his title in the past two years. UFC president Dana White explained his decision on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast.
“It doesn't make sense. He was the interim champion because he should have been fighting for the title,” said White. “We gave him this, 'You were supposed to fight for the title. Here it is.'
“Jon Jones has blown it in every way shape and form a guy with that much talent can blow it. Greatest talent ever and the biggest screw-up ever.”
Jones will be allowed to compete again in July 2017.