Jon Jones is still in the headlines following his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, as the light-heavyweight champ has reportedly entered rehab, following a positive test for cocaine metabolites.
According to multiple reports, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed that Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine, prior to the bout. The World Doping Agency does not have the substance listed as a banned, out of competition drug, and as a result, the NSAC cannot penalize Jones for the positive test.
The 27 year-old fighter released the following statement to Yahoo.com:
“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.”
The UFC has also released the following statement regarding 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.”
And, UFC President Dana White was also quoted saying at the promotion’s official site:
“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.”
The Yahoo report says that Jones was tested on December 4th, and that the fighter passed a follow up test that was conducted by the NSAC.
Jones scored a unanimous decision win over Cormier on Saturday night, and in doing so, he extended his overall record to 20-1.