Since it was revealed Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites back in December, everyone’s been wondering if and when he would be disciplined by the UFC, and now we know.
On Saturday, the UFC announced that it has fined the light-heavyweight champion $25,000, for violating the promotion’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy. In a follow up statement, the company relayed:
The UFC announced today that it has fined light heavyweight champion Jon Jones $25,000 for violating the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy. Jones tested positive for cocaine during an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Dec. 4, 2014. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program.
The UFC came to this decision after reviewing the facts surrounding the issue, and after receiving confirmation from the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones passed all required drug tests following his bout at UFC 182 on Jan. 3
So, now it will be interesting to see how this development is greeted by fans and observers. Jones scored a unanimous decision win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, but news of the champion’s drug test didn’t go public until after the bout.
Since cocaine metabolites is not a banned, out of competition substance, the Nevada Commission could not move forward with any type of disciplinary action.