On October 31st, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will head to Los Angeles and become the first UFC fighter to appeal a USADA drug test failure through arbitration. Jones tested positive for estrogen blockers, hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole, and was pulled from his UFC 200 main event vs. Daniel Cormier just days out from fight night. He is currently under temporary suspension, and insists that there was no wrongdoing on his part.
As it stands, Jones faces a maximum one-year suspension for taking "specified substances" as written under the WADA code. In August, Jones said that he was “expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon,” indicating that progress was being made towards either no suspension or a reduced penalty.
If you actually want to put down some money on whether or not Jones’ results will be overturned, you’re in luck! The folks at Bookmaker.eu have actually set betting odds for this, and they’re as follows (with odds current to this article’s October 20th publish date):
The bet - Will Jon Jones’s positive drug test be overturned as a result of the arbitration hearing with USADA on October 31? (Hearing must occur for action)
“No” is the early favorite over “Yes” in this historic first UFC-USADA arbitration case. For the record, Bookmaker confirmed that “overturned” would mean avoiding the maximum ban, which is what happened to both Yoel Romero and Tim Means.
In addition to his USADA arbitration case, Jones will be dealing with the Nevada Athletic Commission on November 10th.