Dana White Says He May Owe Jon Jones A Fight

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Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is awaiting punishment from USADA for a failed drug test in line with UFC 214.

Depending on the length of the suspension the former champion received, the UFC President in Dana White says the promotion may owe Jones at least one fight.

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“Legally, USADA would have to handle this thing, and whatever USADA says, he’s gonna have to follow that punishment, because they work hand-in-hand with the athletic commission, whether it’s Nevada, California, or wherever it might be, which is essentially the government,” White told Sports Illustrated. “So the government works with USADA, and they figure out what the ban is gonna be. If it came back that Jon Jones would get a three-month suspension, legally, I owe him a fight. I legally owe him a fight. I have a contract with the guy.”

Jones was suspended a year for his last infraction, which occurred just before the historical UFC 200 event.

The former champion is far from the only fighter to fail a USADA issued drug test and White wants stiffer penalties for those who fail the tests.

“In a perfect world, that (stiffer penalties) sounds awesome,” White said. “This isn’t a perfect world.”

If Jones were to receive the maximum penalty from USADA, the former champion could be looking at a four year suspension since he’s a repeat offender.

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