More than a few eyebrows were raised when it was reported earlier this week that Jon Jones’ rehab stint lasted just one night, but UFC President Dana White is cautioning people not to rush to any conclusions.
Jones’ mother, Camille, recently spoke to WBNG in Binghamton, and according to the report, the fighter left a drug rehab facility after one night. The UFC champ’s mother added that Jones is still learning more about the subject, but the news regarding his rehab stint quickly made headlines.
In a follow up report from the Boston Herald.com, however, White said that the report of a one night rehab stint for Jones is “not necessarily the case.” In addition, the UFC boss man added:
“When the whole story comes out, people will understand, it will be put into perspective,” White said. “When Jon Jones comes out and does his interview, the truth will come out, and everyone will understand. Or they won’t, you know. Jon is a very polarizing guy, people either love him or they hate him. Either way, the truth will come out soon.”
All this comes after Jones’ decision win over his rival Daniel Cormier on January 3rd, and then the revelation a couple of days later, that “Bones” tested positive for cocaine metabolites in December.
White was also asked about the promotion’s decision to move forward with Jones-Cormier at UFC 183, even though, the promotion was aware of the light-heavyweight’s failed drug test. Since cocaine metabolites are not a banned out-of-competition substance, the Nevada Commission could not penalize Jones. White, on the other hand, has said the UFC could not pull Jones from the bout due to contractual reasons, and he repeated that to the Herald.
“You can bust guys, you can fine guys, but I can’t pull him out of a fight,” White said. “That thing will be in a lawsuit in 3.5 seconds and I’ll lose. So then we don’t have a fight and I’ve still got to pay the money.”
Now as far as the action in the cage, the reason White was speaking to the Boston Herald, is because UFC Fight Night 59 will go down in the Massachusetts city on Sunday night. In the main event, Conor McGregor will take on fellow, featherweight contender, Dennis Siver. Lightweight contender Donald Cerrone will also face former champ, Benson Henderson.