The results are in and they’re not looking great for the UFC’s light heavyweight champ. Jon Jones tested positive for traces of a metabolite of cocaine known as benzoylecgonine, according to a statement issued by Bob Bennett of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to ESPN on Tuesday.
Jones Checks In to Drug Rehab
The pound-for-pound best fighter in MMA defended his title for the eighth time against Daniel Cormier on Saturday night in Vegas before addressing drug issue.
Jon reportedly told the NSAC that he checked himself into a drug rehab center.
“Jones has checked himself into a rehab center,” Bennett stated. “And at this time, I would direct any further questions regarding his situation to Mr. Jones or the UFC.”
Jones’ Positive Banned Substance Test Outcome
Even though Jon tested positive for banned substances after providing a urine sample on December 4 for World Anti-Doping Agency analysis in Salt Lake City, his test is considered out of competition. The reason being that benzoylecgonine is banned only during competition, according to the banned substances list provided by the WADA. This means that the champ’s victory over DC on Saturday will be upheld.
“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue,” according to a statement issued by the UFC. “While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the Octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result.”
Jon, a native upstate New Yorker who currently lives and trains in Albuquerque, publicly apologized to his fiancée and their four girls in a statement issued to Yahoo! Sports.
“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made,” Jon’s statement read. “I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy.”
Jon isn’t the only athlete in the family. He has a brother who plays defensive end for the New England Patriots and another playing the same position for the Indianapolis Colts.
Dana White On Jones Cocaine Problem
UFC President and frontman Dana White also issued a statement. “I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” said Dana. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
In 2011, the 21-1 Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history at the age of 23. He currently has eight consecutive title defenses, which is ranked the third best in UFC history.
Jon “Bones” Jones Fined $25,000 for Failed Drug Test
Light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, is fined $25,000 by the UFC for code of conduct violation after failing his ‘out of competition’ drug test on December 4, 2014. The Nevada Athletic Commission assures that Jones passed all post fight drug tests.
Jon Jones tests positive for cocaine – ESPN
Jon Jones Enters Drug Treatment Facility Following Positive Test – Bleacher Report
UFC Champ Jon Jones Checks Into Rehab for Cocaine Addiction – TMZ