UFC fighter Jon Jones has been suspended by USADA for one year, retroactive to July 6, 2016. The suspension, stemming from a doping violation for his fight against Daniel Cormier in UFC 200, will keep him out of the Octagon until July 2017, at the earliest.

The violation

Jones tested positive for two banned anti-estrogen drugs during an out of competition test on June 16, 2016. The positive test resulted in him being pulled from the fight against Cormier. Jones claimed to have taken Tadalafil, which is the active ingredient in erectile dysfunction pills such as Cialis, which is what Jones was aiming to take.

It came from a third-party vendor though, All American Peptide, which included the banned drugs in their pill, resulting in the positive test for the UFC fighter.

Even though Jones denied intentionally circumventing the rules, USADA still came down hard on him with a one year suspension. He'll also have to face the Nevada State Athletic Commission in regards to the same violation, but it's unclear when that hearing will take place.

A tarnished career

Jon Jones has consistently been described as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the UFC. He won the light heavyweight title when he was just 23-years-old, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the organization. He also holds various records across the spectrum in UFC history.Yet his career has become irreversibly sullied by controversies away from the Octagon.

Jones was arrested for driving under the influence on May 19, 2012, after wrappinghis car around a pole in Binghamton, New York. Jones refused to fight a replacement for UFC 151, resulting in the first card cancellation in the history of the organization.He has been dogged by positive tests and rumors of cocaine usage throughout his career, a drug that has recently caused the downfall of boxer Tyson Fury.

In April 2015, Jones was in a car accident that injured a pregnant woman, but fled the scene, resulting in a hit-and-run charge. He's currently serving 18 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty for leaving the scene of a crime.

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