Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones now has a date for his hearing with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), according to a Friday report from MMAFighting.com.
Jones is scheduled to meet with USADA on Oct. 31. Jones’ arbitration hearing with USADA will be held in Los Angeles and unless there is a last-minute settlement between the two parties before then, Jones will be the first UFC fighter to officially appeal USADA through arbitration.
Jones, arguably still the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound, returned to action in April to topple Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision at UFC 197. It was his first bout since being suspended for a year and stripped of his title for being involved in a highly-publicized hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque. “Bones” was slated to challenge bitter rival Daniel Cormier for his old 205-pound title at UFC 200 in July, but was pulled from the mega event a three days prior to his fight for testing positive for hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole, which are anti-estrogen agents. Jones denied taking the banned substances knowingly.
Jones, who also is slated to hold a hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission on Nov. 10, faces a maximum of a one-year suspension from USADA if he fails in his arbitration hearing.