MMA fighter John Jones, a.k.a John “Bones” Jones, finally made a comeback after being out of the spotlight for a few years and unfortunately, he is facing more critique than commemoration for the recent allegations made against him that have made headline news. Although John Jones recently won back his title in his recent MMA fight, UFC 214 against Daniel Cormier, it was announced he may have been “doping,” which is a term that refers to using banned substances that are used to enhance an athlete’s athletic performance.
In most cases, athletes engage in doping through the use of steroids that are known to increase their strength, allowing them to perform better. However, the use of steroids and other banned substances is illegal and is grounds for disqualification along with many other penalties.
What are some of the penalties John Jones might be hit with?
BJJ World is not only saying that Jones could have his victory against Cormier overturned, but in addition, Jones may also be looking at:
- Having to forfeit his title
- 4 years of ineligibility imposed by USADA
- Forfeiture of his purse, which refers to the earnings he made from the fight.
- A $500,000 UFC fine
- A CSAC imposed suspension
- A fine of up to 40% of his purse imposed by the CSA
- A civil lawsuit filed against him by Cormier who is alleging that Jones committed battery.
And John Jones is going to want to hire an aggressive and highly qualified criminal defense attorney if he wants to increase his chances of having this battery lawsuit/charge dropped.
Does Cormier have grounds to file a civil lawsuit?
It isn’t a secret that many athletes, even those outside of the MMA world, have taken steroids and other banned substances to aid in their performance as they rely solely on their career to keep them famous and paid. While some are caught and recognized for their illegal actions, others continue to get by without being identified.
Unfortunately for John Jones, it is being reported by MM Mania and other news source sites that he was taking a steroid called turinabol, and seeing that it is illegal and he obviously is aware of this, Cormier and his personal injury lawyer are claiming he was the victim to battery. Because Jones committed fraud, claiming he wasn’t “doping” and was complying with all the UFC rules and regulations, he wasn’t exactly entitled to take part in the MMA fight nor was he entitled to take the earnings or the title. To be a part of the UFC and a competitor in a fight, there are certain laws that must be followed if you want to receive payment for your engagement and keep your place in the industry.
Whether alleging that Cormier is a victim of battery might be a bit left field, if Jones doesn’t hire a defense lawyer who is well-versed and prepared to fight this battle he himself isn’t equipped to handle, he may very well be looking at paying the damages, serving time in jail, and losing all that he worked so hard for.