UFC Champ Jon Jones Reportedly Spent One Night in Drug Rehab

January 13, 2015
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently voluntarily checked into a drug treatment facility after it became public that he tested positive for cocaine in early December, about a month prior to his Jan. 3 victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

Jones’ mother told CBS affiliate WBNG that her son’s stint in rehab lasted all of one night, and he plans to be in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday when his two brothers, Chandler and Arthur, line up opposite each other in the AFC Championship game.

Jon-Jones-UFC-178-Media-Day-LA-1-750Having come under heavy criticism for facing no official punishment from the Nevada Athletic Commission or the UFC at this point, Jones’ brief stint in rehab is likely to fan the flames of criticism to new heights. The UFC especially has come under fire for what many fans view as favorable treatment of Jones because he is one of the promotion’s superstars and not an “average Joe” fighter.

Despite the criticism, Jones’ mother, Camille, sees what happened to her son as a good thing.

“I’m glad that this happened to Jon. This stopped him in his tracks. This let him know that he may need to change some friends,” said Camille Jones in an exclusive interview with WBNG’s Action Sports. “So this is a good thing as far as our family is concerned, so we wasn’t upset. Me and my husband considered it a blessing from God that our child was able to be helped and know that he needs to stop and know that he needed the assistance to stop before it came to something worse.”

SEE ALSO: Jon Jones Mother in Exclusive Interview: ‘This is a Good Thing… Before it Came to Something Worse’

Although his trip to the rehab facility was brief, Jones’ mother told WBNG that he is continuing to get more educated on the subject, and believes that her son was able to able to address the problem before it became more serious.

“It was not in his system during the fight, so he’s still a good athlete,” she said. “Before something becomes serious of it, I was glad it was nipped in the bud.”

Neither Jones nor the UFC has commented publicly about his treatment, other than the UFC and company president Dana White voicing support for his decision to get help.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday discussed the circumstances surrounding Jones’ positive out-of-competition drug test result, and is considering forming a committee to review its drug testing approach and how to better handle future issues.

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  • TheCerealKiller


  • Wonder how Dana feels now, after all, he was the man who said. “After a few months in rehab, Jones will come back stronger and better than ever.”

    I’m sure Dana is still on the Jones hype train, though. Lol.

    • Joe Albrecht

      Maybe he meant “few minutes”?

  • L

    I think we can all agree that Jon learned some things from his brothers, who learned some things from the other dudes in the NFL, who may or may not have learned from top sports scientists…. HGH, testosterone boosting, a little nose candy if there is an important drive coming up…

  • Sarge

    Let the flaming begin.

  • Seth



    I mean, that was just most stupid, pointless and meaningless move in history of bad PR moves. He makes Diaz Brothers look like they are in running for Noble Prize…

  • Austin, TX

    Jones is a cokehead that should be stripped of his belt. The whole thing is ludicrous. Anything goes I guess. It’s just Dana’s money show. Bogus champion. Whole thing is bogus bogus bogus.

    • cheflacsto

      Bogus huh, the guy has beaten everyone in his division cleanly. The fact that he got busted doing coke while training should of diminished his training. A clear headed Jones would most certainly be a better fighter.

      • Darin

        It’s bogus that the champ is held to a far lower standard than someone like Matt Riddle.

      • Austin, TX

        bogus. cokehead = bogus. cleanly with a little coke I guess.

      • UfcUltimateFloorCuddling

        Oh please. Stop sucking on him. He beat fighters PAST HIS PRIME. LOL Why do people keep bringing this crap.. he beat fighters in shogun that been into many wars.. Rampage to many wars. He was nothing but a lucky guy that was extremely talanted and YOUNG who beat up wound fighters from the past. Machida was already tainted from lost to shogun… Also i felt like jones is to much of a freak of nature.. look how huge he was against his opponent.

        We saw how well he did against Gustafsson A fighter HIS SIZE and REACH! most was identical.. although i still think jones is a superior fighter but height and reach meant so much. That jones can’t normally do the normal things that he does. Example the spinning kick his does.. a smaller fighter like shogun would hit his stomach.. a fighter like gus.. it would hit his chest. In that fight.. Gun owned jones.. just look at his face and how jones was so badly hurt. He was also taken down by a bit.. which comier couldn’t do.. only because of his SIZE. It a shock when i realize comier actually fought in heavyweight… What people have to recognize is.. comier couldn’t take him down because of his size.. is like a midget trying to take down a giant.. when you had gus trying to attempt to do it.. its not like he is a better wrestler than comier but he was a giant also. A person the same size as a taller fighter has the higher advantage of taking another tall fighter down… all due to weight, height. reach and balance.

        To end my opinion on things.. yes.. JONES IS BOGUS. Lol. I’d say let him fight fighters his size! Go to heavyweight.

        • cheflacsto

          Ok, now I understand, he should go to heavyweight because he is bigger and stronger than the guys in his division. You speak about Cormier who was undefeated as a heavy weight. You are talking out both sides of your mouth. If bigger is better poor little old Cain Velasquez shouldn’t be the heavyweight champ. Guys like Brock cut to make 265 and he comes in at 230-240. Cutting t 265 the probably come in at fight night around 280, so I think skill has something to do with it.

  • Muaythai4life

    (to be read with heavy sarcasm) Nothing says “I’ve learned about the dangers of cocain” like 24 hours. I mean, I know I’ve heard people say “I’ll never drink again” and I for one believe every last one of them. Good for you Jon Jones for conquering that demon. I’m glad you take sobriety as serious as you take prepping for a fight…

  • Tony S

    Let me make this clear first: I am not a Jon Jones hater. But, this is complete bullshit. The UFC is so f’n hypocritical! Nick Diaz gets a year suspension and $60K fine for smoking “prescription” marijuana, which “was used out-of-competition and did not grant him any unnatural advantaged during [his] fight.” And the NSAC made a public spectacle out of him. Yet, the UFC is made aware of Bones’ positive result for cocaine by NSAC prior to the fight, and neither entity did a God damn thing about it. (NSAC claims the test was accidental, and was not relevant to substances of abuse. But, I think this is bullshit, too.) Jones knows he has Dana in his hip pocket, and Dana certainly doesn’t want to mess up the bed they share. I can’t wait to see how this all pans out.. or gets swept under the rug.

    • Austin, TX

      It already is being swept under the rug. It is happening as we speak. What is occurring is they are saying “This is the way it is. We bend the rules and the perceptions for him.”

      Even the rest of the media is going incredibly easy on him. Treating it as if it was just a humor thing. An anomaly.”

  • Austin, TX

    All of his past “victories” should be examined in this light.

  • hyperbole

    Jesus cured him. Maybe we can affect future behavior by the UFC and athletes by refusing to buy PPV events. I, for one, don’t need to see another one of his fights. I hate to punish guys on the undercard like that by hoping people boycott, but how else do fans let the ufc know they are hypocrites when it comes to the treatment of certain athletes, ignoring fighter rankings, or White being such a douche? I’m getting tired of the ufc being run like the wwe. It’s their company, but you’d think they’d want to do the right thing from time to time. *Jesus is Jones’s tattoo artist.

    • Concerned

      He Larry us. I agree. No PPV buys or tickets for any and all Jon Jones fights in my house. It is all too easy to watch for free. If the UFC wants to treat us like we are stupid, I will keep my money?

    • cheflacsto

      Come on, this happens in every walk of life. High profile athletes getting pushed above normal ones. Why do you think Terrell Owens had so many chances after his actions, or why did the Giants put up with LT. Why does Jameis Winston play all of these games for Florida State. Some athletes are worth the trouble and some are not, its that simple. Right or wrong that how it is, if you are great you can be a knucklehead. If Jones keeps abusing coke his career will be shortened and someone will knock him out. If you are consumed with that crap you will not be paying attention as well in all other aspects of your training. If his fight week sample was clean, the dummy probably dabbles in coke and isn’t a true every day user. Who knows, but I will absolutely buy his fights because he is dominant, and entertaining.

      • Darin

        Then why drug test Jones at all if failure results in no punishment whatsoever? Please stop insulting our intelligence, UFC, with your BS Fighter Conduct Policy. It is meaningless. It is simply used as a tool to void the contracts of guys that aren’t lining your pockets.

        • George Sperry

          In fact the test was done incorrectly and street drugs were not supposed to be checked. So why test indeed.

  • dethroned rise

    Ya he recovered well smh lol

  • Tha Kracken Neal

    I spent 9 months in rehab and sober living facilities. Not gonna dispute that not everyone needs an extended stay but one day!!! I agree with the rest of you, no more of my money

  • GoalieSwagger

    Maybe it’s not a live-in facility? Maybe he does day visits? Out by 6:00 on a Friday, strip club by 6:30. LOL

    • TheCerealKiller

      Or maybe he sat down with a doctor and the doctor simply discovered he doesn’t have an addiction and told him to go home. Real crackheads need those beds.

      • Austin, TX

        Or maybe he’s Jones and is a pampered, moneyed lying athlete who is also a cokehead and for whom the rules and tests don’t apply to in the normal sense of the word like they do for everybody else.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Or maybe

          • Austin, TX

            your antics aside, you know what I said is true though.

      • Groinstrike

        You have always stood up for Jones, even over his cocaine use. If he got caught for steroids you would probably say he was just evening the playing field.

        • TheCerealKiller

          If Jones ever were to test positive for roids, he gets the same penalty as everyone else. As for the people saying if he did test positive to strip him of his title, what good would that do? Still nobody defeated him and as soon as he comes back, he fights for the title and probably wins it back.

          • Groinkick

            Would you say that about Vitor Belfort, and TRT? I bet not. Well guess what. If Jones is using roids, and went clean he wouldn’t nearly be the athlete he is today, and probably wouldn’t be a title contender.

          • TheCerealKiller

            If you stopped posting as a guest, I might reply again.

  • Cougar69

    That’s my Champion right there. Jon Jones!! Making us all so proud day in line out.

  • Darin

    Everyone knew the rehab thing was just for PR purposes. Jones will never be punished for anything as long as he makes money for the UFC, the rehab was supposed to somehow nullify people’s desire for punishment. But ONE DAY??? This shows just how little Jones and the UFC care about creating even the ILLUSION of fairness.

    I will continue to watch UFC events, but I will not spend a dime on PPVs and I will make it a point to not purchase anything from their sponsors. No more Reeboks, no more Budweiser.

    • kale

      I stopped paying for ppv 2 years ago. I love mma but i agree that the ufc and daina white make like we’re idiots and will believe everything and anything they say. I have a question for the mma community. . Is it just me or does it seem like the ufc is getting business advice from vince McMahon? Im just curious about it i guess

      • John Youwer

        If any person thinks the UFC cares about the fans then there are idiots. The UFC cares ONLY about Money. And as long as idiots continue to buy their crappy Pay per view cards and their lame clothing line they will continue to get rich. Hell the UFC doesn’t even care about Jon Jones health, just the money he can make them. If jones overdosed and died tomorrow, the UFC would not give a dam. Cause they still have their number two token, Smelly Rhonda.

        • Chris Kennedy

          I’m sure 50 Shades Of Gray is playing near by, you might like that more….

  • ricky

    I wonder if he ever really went at all.

    • troodle

      You really believed he might have gone? Saying you’re going to rehab is the easiest way to avoid all punishment… I can’t believe anyone would think he’d actually go. Jones’ manager looked at Jones and said “We’ll say you’re going to rehab.” then Jones, Dana, and Jones’ manager had a good laugh.

  • uncle

    So he had a brief interview with Dr Drew

  • taylor2008

    He had a slumber party at rehad and now he is cured? Well we will see if Jon is cured if he isnt on the field trying to snort one of the hash marks.

    • TheCerealKiller


  • Jeff

    Dana was probably sitting there doing lines with him! What a complete and utter joke.

  • Jeff

    “Well shooooot boss we beez REAL prouds of our lil boy JOHNNY! I We beez happy dat dis dun be happnins to hims. If not we mighta beens losin our meal ticket! And EWWWWWWWW LAWDY we cants be havin dat”!!!!!

    • John Bunch

      Racism…classy move.

  • Sarge

    Your champion Jon Jones

    • TheCerealKiller

      How many times are you going to up vote your guest posts?

      sums it up

      • Sarge

        As many times you up vote your own. Loser

  • Joe Dog

    Nate Diaz is probably correct in his assessment calling BS.

  • sums it up

  • #Win


  • pridefc

    the japanese mafia had more crediblitly then this. Please bring Pride back

    • valakos

      people keep saying that dana hite somehow rescued mma which is complete bull$h!t, pride was hugely popular, in japan they would pull almost 90,000 for nye dynamite events…. what the ufc did was buy out the most popular competitor and thus win. Imo the ufc absolutely sux compared to pride, all i see in the ufc is early stoppages, compared to the violence of pride, pride was a much better spectacle

      • UfcUltimateFloorCuddling

        Not to mention how people think how pride was that corrupted.. i think that a joke. UFC now is by far the most cheated drug use sport organization out there. Look at most of the suspension that has been made… the different banned that been foolishly made.. Dumb decision like saying nick diaz is wrong for him to smoke weed! But hey ITS OK TO USE COKE! aint that right jones? And look at it now.. no punishment for him.. no belt stripped away.. no suspension. What bullsh1t. I honestly don’t care much about this sport anymore since over 10 years ago since pride. WEC days.

        Pride in my opinion made me loved MMA.. Fedor vs Crocop my favorite match of the era. Sakuraba against the gracies. Shogun ( Considers the jon jones of the era) Wanderlei rampages with his striking.. Anderson loss to ryo chonan with one of the sickest submissions.. Flying scissor heel hook!!!

        The young people know how ufc today.. and most of the people that like the sport now.. think they know everything. In reality it was a different ERA of MMA It was truly BJJ vs strikers, Strikers vs Wrestlers, ETC and now in the ufc or other organization.. Fighters are more diverse. The only reason why UFC is this popular now is because of the Pride fighters (other fighters also from different organization) most of them that made the sports and memorable matches. Their fighting styles The young people forget who made the sport! Just ask the new fighters of this generation who was influenced by the fighters in the past. Cain admires fedor and want to do something special like him.

  • UfcUltimateFloorCuddling

    Don’t forget Cm punk in UFC now! Money cash grab! :D!

  • thgrt

    if jones wasnt using coke durng training DC would have won, if i was DC id sue the ufc, im sure no where in his contract does it say he has to fight coke heads, and dana KNEW he was training coked up, this has really hurt ufc, no gettng around this, its disgraceful