“The UFC announced today that it has fined light heavyweight champion Jon Jones $25,000 for violating the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy. Jones tested positive for cocaine during an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Dec. 4, 2014. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program,” read the statement published on UFC.com.
“The UFC came to this decision after reviewing the facts surrounding the issue, and after receiving confirmation from the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones passed all required drug tests following his bout at UFC 182 on Jan. 3.”
When the positive result for cocaine was made public on Jan. 6, Jones voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation facility. A short time later, Jones’ mother revealed that he spent just one night in rehab, although UFC president Dana White has since stated that when all the facts come to light, people will better understand the situation.
“When the whole story comes out, people will understand. It will be put into perspective,” White told the Boston Herald in an interview Wednesday. “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.”