Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is back 17-months after serving a suspension for unknowingly taking Performance Enhancing Drugs called Turinabol in his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.
In his comeback fight, he is fighting in a rematch against his old rival Alexander Gustafsson at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 29. Jones has already beaten Gustafsson at UFC 165, which took back in 2013.
However, before he can return to the Octagon, he has to clear one more major hurdle. He has to go to California State Athletic Commission for the licensing hearing on Dec. 11, according to the CSAC meeting agenda posted to the commission website Friday. The meeting will take place in Sacremento.
CSAC executive officer Andy Foster will be appealing to the commission on his behalf. If everything goes well, Jon Jones is expected to get his license back and he can fight Alexander Gustafsson next.
Jon Jones last fought in the Octagon at UFC 214 in July last year, against Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title. He knocked out Cormier in that fight in the third round. But the decision was later overturned when Jones failed the drug test for a substance called Turninabol.
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