UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon “Bones” Jones has reportedly tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a primary metabolite for cocaine on December 4th as confirmed by Nevada State Athletic Commission Director Bob Bennett.
Benzoylecgonine is not banned out of competition by the NSAC and as a result could not prevent Jones from competing in UFC 182 this past Saturday.
STATEMENT FROM JON JONES
“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.”
STATEMENT FROM THE UFC
“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.”
STATEMENT FROM DANA WHITE, UFC PRESIDENT
“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.”
Jones is coming off a decision win over rival Daniel Cormier in a fight that saw him defend his belt for the eight time leaving him one short of tying Georges St. Pierre and two short of Anderson Silva’s UFC record of ten.