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Jon Jones Fails Pre-Fight Test, Enters Drug Rehabilitation Program

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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.

(Jon Jones prepares to fight Chael Sonnen)
(Jon Jones prepares to fight Chael Sonnen)

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.

(Jon Jones enters the cage to fight Chael Sonnen)
(Jon Jones enters the cage to fight Chael Sonnen)

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.”

Scifighting will have more on the story as it develops.

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.