UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a drug test prior to UFC 182, testing positive for cocaine metabolites. Jon Jones has since entered a drug treatment facility.
Jones released the following statement on Yahoo addressing the test and his decision to enter a drug rehabilitation program:
“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. 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.”
According to a Yahoo Sports Report, Jones was issued a random drug test on December 4th by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine. The Nevada commission adheres to the World Anti-Doping Agency code, which does not ban benzoylecgonine out-of-competition. Because cocaine is not banned out-of-competition by NSAC, they did not have the power to stop the fight nor do they have the power to overturn its result.
The UFC has released the following statement in regards to Jon Jones:
“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. 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.”
UFC President Dana White added:
“I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility. I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
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