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Nevada State Athletic Commission, Jon Jones agree to 1-year ban

LAS VEGAS -- Jon Jones' UFC 200 saga is finally over.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) approved a proposed settlement between Jones and its executive director on Thursday, suspending the former UFC champion for one year.

The suspension is dated retroactively to July 6, the date Jones was removed from his scheduled bout at UFC 200.

This was the final hurdle for Jones (22-1) regarding a failed out-of-competition drug test administered June 16. He tested positive for the banned substances clomiphene and letrozole, and was placed on indefinite suspension when the rest of the results became available.

Jones, 29, faced disciplinary action by the Nevada commission, led by Anthony Marnell, as well as the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which enforces the UFC's anti-doping program.

On Oct. 30, Jones became the first UFC athlete to go to arbitration with the USADA. The panel returned a one-year suspension, also retroactively dated to July 6, 2016.

The NSAC could have imposed a longer suspension, but ultimately, the NSAC and USADA sanctions aligned. Jones was not subjected to any sort of fine, as the NSAC could not authorize one since the fight against Cormier was canceled.

During the arbitration hearing, Jones revealed the positive test was the result of an unmarked sexual-enhancement pill he received from a friend and teammate. He has adamantly denied he knowingly took any performance-enhancing drug.