UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a drug test prior to UFC 182 due to cocaine metabolites in his system, according to multiple reports.
Jones, who defeated Daniel Cormier via decision, has already entered into a drug rehab facility. This would coincide with reports that several planned interviews for Monday were canceled at the last minute.
According to MMAjunkie.com, “Bones” was randomly tested on December 3 and the results came back 20 days later, Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Bob Bennett said.
The drug detected was benzoylecgonine, a primary metabolite of cocaine. As for any future suspension or fine, that was not made public by Bennett.
“At this point and time, Jones checked himself into a rehab center, and we’ll cross that bridge when he gets to it,” Bennett said.
Jones released a statement to Yahoo Sports:
“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.”
Both the UFC and president Dana White have released statements regarding the situation:
“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.”
White’s statement said, “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.”