Jones eligible to make UFC return in July

Jon Jones will be able to make his UFC return in July after avoiding an increased drugs ban.

The former light-heavyweight champion failed a drugs test ahead of his scheduled encounter against Daniel Cormier, which was due to headline UFC 200.

Although Jones produced mitigating factors, he was handed a retrospective 12-month ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 29-year-old also faced the prospect of an even longer suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

However, widespread reports have now indicated that Jones has reached a settlement with the commission, who will impose a one-year ban that will run concurrently to the other suspension.

Jones will now be able to return to action from July 6 and is likely to compete in the Octagon at some point during the summer.

UFC president Dana White said earlier this week: "I don't know how this thing is going to play out, but he'll definitely be back this summer.”

 

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