Jon Jones reportedly provided evidence on other cheaters to reduce his sentence.
Well, the old adage, “snitches get stitches” isn’t necessarily true. Sometimes they get radically reduced suspensions and the ability to headline a card at MSG. Jon Jones was dealt a 15-month sentence, retroactive to July 28th, 2017. Thus making him eligible to return on October 28th, leaving the UFC time to book him for UFC 230.
Jon’s reduced sentence is less than what both Fabricio Werdum and Lyoto Machida received. It’s not because Jon is such a good guy though. Rather, it’s because he cooperated and turned over evidence on someone or something else. This according to a statement from USADA that reads in part.
“Prior to the hearing, USADA determined that a 30-month reduction in the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility was appropriate under the rules based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance. Evidence related to Jones’ substantial assistance was presented at the hearing and considered by the arbitrator.
The sanction was further reduced by the arbitrator based on Jones’ reduced degree of fault and the circumstances of the case, including the fact that Jones had been tested on multiple occasions leading up to UFC 214, and as recently as three weeks prior to the event, all of which yielded negative results for prohibited substances.”
Dana White has reportedly told ESPN’s Bret Okamoto that there is no truth to Jon Jones being considered for UFC 230. Take that with a grain of salt. Dana is pretty famous for flat-out lying about big announcements. My guess is tomorrow during the Khabib Nurmagomedov/Conor McGregor press conference, a video will be played featuring a Jon Jones announcement.
Stay gold USADA.