Jon Jones avoids four-year ban from USADA, eligible to headline UFC 230 at MSG

More than one year after failing his second United States Anti Doping (USADA)-administered drug test following his Light Heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, Jon Jones has finally been handed his sentence.

According to a report from MMA Fighting, “Bones” was handed a 15-month suspension by an arbitrator, and since the punishment is retroactive to July 28, 2017 — date of the transgression — the former 205-pound champion will be eligible to return as soon as Oct. 28, 2018.

Per the report, Jones was facing a four-year ban as a second-time offender, but since he continued to pass out-of-competition drug tests and cooperated with USADA’s every request, it was reduced to 15 months by the arbitrator, which was a further reduction for a discussed 30-month penalty.

As part of his punishment, “Bones” will enter into a full rehabilitation program.

“Jon Jones has gone through a great deal of difficulties,” said arbitrator Richard H. McLaren. “He gave me the very distinct impression that he has learned a lot from the loss of the image of himself that he had as a champion MMA fighter. He has been humbled and

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