Just when you thought UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) was starting to turn the corner, he has entered a rehab facility after testing positive for cocaine.
Only three days after posting a lopsided unanimous decision victory over archenemy Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in Las Vegas to notch his eighth consecutive title defense, leaving many pundits believing he’s the best mixed martial artist to ever play the game, Jones revealed he needs help dealing with his latest hiccup.
“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility,” Jones expressed in a statement released by his attorney to Yahoo! Sports. “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.”
The Nevada Athletic Commission requested a random drug test from Jones on December 4. The results showed the 27-year-old had benzoylecgonine in his system, which is the main metabolite in cocaine.
According to Yahoo, Jones was tested again at an unspecified date in December and passed.
Because benzoylecgonine is not banned out-of-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the NAC could not block Jones from defending his throne at UFC 182. Furthermore, the commission cannot fine, suspend or overturn his victory to a no contest.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Jones has had issues on the party front. He was arrested in May 2012 for driving while intoxicated in New York after wrapping his $190,000 Bentley around a telephone pole. After pleading guilty, Jones was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
The UFC has yet to address Jones’ latest mishap.