Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones, American mixed martial artist, has announced that he has entered a drug treatment facility.
Jon Jones is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He became the youngest champion in the history of UFC when he won the title in March 2011. Jones is #1 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings as of August 2014. The American MMA fighter, heading into UFC 182, has the most wins (15) and finishes (9) in the history of the UFC Light Heavyweight division. Jones also has landed 824 significant strikes and has the highest total takedown attempts defended, the most in UFC Light Heavyweight history.
Jon Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008 and amassed an undefeated record of 6–0, finishing all of his opponents, which brought him to the attention of the UFC. On August 9, 2008, Jones made his UFC debut against Andre Gusmão and took a unanimous decision victory. In his second fight, Jones defeated veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009. The UFC signed a four-fight contract with Jones in September 2009.
Jon Jones tested positive for Benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine, in a random drug test given to him on December 4 by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The drug test given to Jon Jones was analyzed for peptide hormones, anabolic steroids, growth factors, other PEDs, beta-2 agonists, anabolic agents, diuretics and other masking agents. This test included stimulants, narcotics, cannabinoids, hormone and metabolic modulators, and glucocorticosteroids. The Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett said Jones was randomly tested on December 3, 2014 and results came back on December 23, 2014. This announcement was made just a few days after he defeated Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 at the MGM Grand Garden in a five-round decision.
Nevada commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said he is pleased that Jon Jones is addressing this issue and seeking help for his problem.
In a statement released through his attorney, Jon Jones said he has entered into a drug treatment facility with the support of his family. The MMA fighter added he wants to apologize to his fiancée and his family for the mistakes that he made. Jones also rendered an apology to the UFC, his coaches, his sponsors, and fans. The current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion further remarked that he is taking the drug treatment program very seriously and would appreciate privacy for himself and his family.
In regards to Jones' statement, UFC released a statement saying that the UFC supports decision of the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to enter a drug treatment facility to address his problems. The UFC said it applauds Jones for making the decision to enter the treatment facility and hope that Jones can fight the issue with the same poise and diligence as he shows inside the Octagon.
Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and company president, issued a separate statement to offer support for Jones. White said it is good to learn that Jon Jones has made the right decision to enter a drug treatment facility. The UFC President expressed confidence that Jones will very soon emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.
The Nevada Commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency code and the main metabolite in cocaine is not banned out-of-competition. Therefore, the NAC could not penalize Jon Jones or prevent him from fighting despite being aware of the positive test. Jones was able to clear a follow-up test later in December.