It came to light on Tuesday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had tested positive for cocaine metabolites in an out-of-competition drug test about a month prior to his recent fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in Las Vegas.
Shortly after the information became public, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and company president Dana White issued statements in support of Jones and his decision to enter a drug treatment center.
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.”