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Jon Jones stripped of UFC title for doping

AAPAAP 9/11/2016
UFC star Jone Jones © Getty Images UFC star Jone Jones

UFC star Jon Jones has been stripped of his light heavyweight title and given a huge spray by Dana White for his positive doping test.

UFC president White says Jones is no longer the interim light heavyweight champion after he tested positive for prohibited substances clomiphene and letrozole.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspended Jones for one year this week following the positive return in June.

"Jon Jones has blown it in every way, shape and form a guy with that much talent can blow it," White told ESPN.

"Greatest talent ever and the biggest screw-up ever."

Jones, who tested positive in an out-of-competition sample provided on June 16 and was pulled from a title fight against Daniel Cormier days before UFC 200, had claimed he mistakenly took a contaminated sexual-performance pill.

In a statement, USADA said a three-member independent panel had found Jones' "degree of fault was at the very top end of the scale".

USADA slapped him with the standard one-year ban for the violation, and backdated it to July 6, the date of his provisional suspension.

Jones was also stripped of the light heavyweight title he had held since 2011 and suspended for several months after being charged in a hit-and-run case in April 2015, an incident for which he was later sentenced to 18 months probation.

The 29-year-old returned to competition in April this year with a victory over Ovince Saint Preux to take the division's interim belt.

"It doesn't make sense," White said.

"He was the interim champion because he should have been fighting for the title (in April). We gave him this. You were supposed to fight for the title. Here it is.

"It doesn't make sense with all the stuff that is going on for him to still be the interim champion."

Jones contended he had taken a pill called Tadalafil, which contained the prohibited substances and had been given to him by a teammate, believing it to be a pill called Cialis, which does not contain any banned substances.

The USADA panel said Jones "is not a drug cheat" but his actions "verged on the reckless" as he simply relied on his teammate's word on what the pill was.

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