On Saturday, the UFC fined reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured) $25,000 for testing positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine, in December 4th’s random drug test.
“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,” the UFC expressed in an official statement. “Jones tested positive for cocaine during an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission on December 4, 2014. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program.
“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 January 3.”
Because Jones was randomly screened by the NAC during an “out-of-competition” period – more than 12 hours before a fight when cocaine isn’t considered a banned substance – the commission can’t fine, suspend nor overturn Jones’ win against Daniel Cormier to a no contest.
Things could have been worse for Jones, the UFC did have the option of stripping the 27-year-old of his crown for breaking the UFC’s Fighter Code of Conduct.
Jones admitted himself into rehab after news broke January 6 of his flunked drug test, claiming he was going to take his treatment “very seriously.” However, Jones’ mother revealed Tuesday that her son left the facility after staying just one night.
UFC president Dana White said Wednesday that there’s more to the story than what Jones’ mother revealed.
UFC 182 was an expensive outing for Jones. He was also docked $50,000 by the NAC for his part in August’s brawl inside the MGM Grand lobby with Cormier.
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.
With his career at a crossroads, Jones has yet to publicly speak about his latest mishap.