UFC president Dana White (pictured) hasn’t been Jon Jones’ biggest fan over the years, but White is fully supporting his light heavyweight champion’s decision to enter rehab after failing December’s drug test for cocaine.
“I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” White expressed in a statement. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
Jones is just three days removed from dominating bitter rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. The unanimous decision victory marked his eighth straight light heavyweight title defense.
Jones was randomly tested by the Nevada Athletic Commission on December 4. The results revealed Jones had benzoylecgonine in his system, which is the main metabolite in cocaine.
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.
At just 27 years of age, many experts already consider Jones the best mixed martial artist to ever live.
In a separate statement, the UFC as a company expressed their support for Jones.
“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue,” the UFC stated. “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.”