Bad news for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The Nevada State Athletic Comission confirmed that Jones, 27, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. Jones informed the NSAC that he had admitted himself into a drug treatment center.
“Jones has checked himself into a rehab center,” Bennett said. “And at this time, I would direct any further questions regarding his situation to Mr. Jones or the UFC.”
The urine sample was collected on Dec. 4 and analyzed by a WADA-approved lab in Salt Lake City. According to a lab report, results of the test were issued on Dec. 23. The test is considered an out-of-competition test, however, and according to WADA’s banned substances list, benzoylecgonine is only banned in-competition.
Since the test is considered out-of-competition, the result of Jones’ fight against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 will stand.
The UFC released the following statement: “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.”
Jones also released a statement: “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,” the 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.”
UFC President Dana White also joined the conversation: “I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” UFC president Dana White said in a statement. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
At last, Jones’ opponent last Saturday also had a comment on the matter: “I am aware of Jon’s test, and if there is anything to say it is this: there are a lot of people you impact, so please let’s get it together. Good luck on your rehab!” said Cormier.