UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be admitting himself into a drug treatment facility after testing positive for traces of cocaine in a random drug test conducted last month.
The 27-year-old Jones, in an out-of-competition test on December 4, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. The substance is only banned in-competition so he was not penalized. He reportedly passed a test later in the month.
He made an eighth successful defense of his light heavyweight belt against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 last Saturday.
Jones, however, made the decision to seek treatment in relation to the matter.
The UFC issued a statement regarding Jones’ announcement.
“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. 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,” the statement said.
Jones is considered by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today and among the greatest of all-time.