Both Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar are looking at serving a lesser suspension after their anti-doping fallout at UFC 200.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting noted that the USADA has yet to announce the length of the suspension for both fighters. Helwani added that substance found in both of their systems considered as “specified substance” under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
“When it comes to specified substances, the WADA Code recognizes that it is possible for a prohibited substance to enter an athlete’s body inadvertently. ‘And therefore allow a tribunal more flexibility when making a sanctioning decision’,” Helwani wrote.
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Usually, such sanctions would merit only a public warning. If both Jones and Lesnar refuses in accepting such sanction, they could challenge it before the American Arbitration Association, a group independent of USADA.
The UFC pulled Jones three days before his much-awaited rematch with Daniel Cormier. Lesnar, however, flagged by USADA after his fight with Mark Hunt, wherein he won via unanimous decision.
The UFC will look into Lesnar’s victory after the decision is given. Noticeably, Lesnar will not get any more sanctions. It would seem that the UFC is not keen on signing Lesnar the recent developments.
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For Jones, it means a short vacation as UFC president Dana White wants to bill him up for a showdown against Anthony Johnson. White is contemplating on having the winner of their match go up against Cormier. It would create the hype as both fighters have unfinished business with Cormier.
With the shorter sanctions, Jones and Lesnar could see a grim of hope of getting back inside the Octagon. Among the two, Jones is very much eager to get back and prove himself not only against Cormier but also to the people who have supported him all the way.
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