Things got a whole lot worse for Jon Jones yesterday.
Not only did an arbitration panel deny his appeal over two positive tests for banned substances back in June which resulted in Jones being removed from the lucrative UFC 200 card, but it turns out the drugs in question were for erectile dysfunction.
Bones will serve a one-year ban that is backdated to July. Therefore, the man that many regard as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC has roughly nine more months on the shelf.
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The suspension - imposed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency - strips the UFC of one of their biggest draws and Jones is arguably the only man who could draw numbers even remotely close to Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.
Jones argued that he had taken a contaminated Tadalafil pill bought online in a bid to combat some erectile problems for the 29-year-old.
Although the panel ruled that his explanation "crossed the threshold of probability", the presence of hormones and metabolic modulators in his sample back in the summer still remained.
It's a bad blow for Jones. Of course, that goes without saying, but it appears that he legitimately unknowingly took the banned substances and on top of that, who would disclose such a personal issue otherwise?
In a statement to ESPN, Jones said he had hoped "for a better outcome".
However, he did add he was "pleased" USADA's investigation had determined he was "not a cheater of the sport".
Although the panel has cleared Jones' name as a drugs cheat, he still stands to lose up to $9 million during his year off.
It seems somewhat unfair that Jones would be punished to this degree, but rules are rules and it is unfortunate that Jones has had to have his private life made public during the process.
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