The retired former UFC bantamweight queen wasn't impressed with Jones' defense during his California State Athletic Commission hearing on Tuesday, where "Jonny Bones" expressed complete confusion as to how the anabolic steroid Turinabol got in his system just prior to UFC 214.
Andy Foster is recommending a $205,000 fine - 40-percent of Jones' purse and $5,000 in additional fines. and recommends his license is revoked until USADA determines its punishment.
The following year, a title fight against Cormier was scrapped after it was announced Jones had tested positive for a banned substance.
According to CSAC executive director Andy Foster, Jones' license was revoked on August 28, 2017.
This is as a result of his failed pre-fight drug test before his stoppage victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July.
"This situation is like really, really crappy", Jones said. "I don't understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system". The CA Athletic Commission would then decide to continue the suspension for another year or lift it.
Jones, who was regarded by many in the MMA world to be the greatest fighter of all time, took to Twitter not long after the culmination of the CSAC's latest meeting. You'd think an athlete with millions of dollars on the line would give up drinking alcohol, but Jones said he still drank so quickly it seemed he hadn't even considered it. We want to see you in the cage as soon as possible.
After a lengthy hearing in California, the panel heard Jones had been "super careful" about his preparations for the Cormier bout.
Jones could be suspended by USADA for up to four years for a second offense of the UFC's anti-doping policy following a previous suspension in 2016. Paul Scott was an expert witness brought in by Jones team, who stated that the fighter passed drug tests before and after the failure, which he argued was proof that Jones didn't take something illegal on objective. His defense centered around the fact he'd passed tests in early July and again on October 11 surrounding the July 28 failure.
That said, Jones said he tested all of the supplements he was taking around the time of the failed test and that none of them showed contamination. I have no clue how this happened. Now he is trying to stay as a good guy because he is one of the top guys in UFC. Jones says he doesn't know how to answer the question because he didn't intentionally cheat in the first place.