When the news that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed an out of competition drug test prior to his UFC 182 title defense against Daniel Cormier was made public, the 27-year old titleholder immediately admitted himself into a treatment facility.
“Everybody was talking about, ‘Oh, he really didn’t go to rehab.’ He went for a 24-hour evaluation into rehab. They evaluated him for 24 hours. When the 24 hours was up they said, ‘You are not an addict.’ Okay,” said White.
While Jones may not be a drug addict, White feels there’s some underlying issue with the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“But my thing was, if you’re doing that four weeks before the biggest fight of your life, there’s some type of problem there. There’s something wrong. He’s doing out-patient counseling now. He’s talking to counselors,” said the UFC president.
“This kid has so much talent. It’s always the guys with tons of talent that you go, ‘Why is this guy doing this?’ I want to try to help the guy,” he said.
Jones became the youngest fighter to win a UFC championship when he captured the belt at age 23. He holds the record for most UFC light heavyweight title defenses and holds the record for the most submission wins in the 205-pound division. He is currently riding the longest win streak in UFC light heavyweight history.