Jon Jones fails drugs test for cocaine, enters rehab facility

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Jon Jones has tested positive for cocaine usage prior to his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 and has entered rehab.

MMAJunkie.com broke the news having confirmed the test results with Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett.

The UFC's light heavyweight champion is no stranger to controversy, having been arrested for drunk driving in 2102, while his Instagram account was once also involved in a homophobic slur incident.

Drugs test failure before Daniel Cormier fight

The drugs test failure was caused by the substance 'benzoylecgonine;, a primary metabolite of cocaine and the results came back before his fight with Cormier.

The random drug test was issued on December 3rd and came back on December 23rd, according to Bennett.

Should Jones be stripped of his title?

Jones went on to successfully defend his title for the eighth time in a row, beating Cormier via unanimous decision at this past weekend's UFC 182.

When asked about possible repercussions Bennett said "At this point and time, Jones checked himself into a rehab center, and we’ll cross that bridge when he get to it."

Yet according to one report, "the Nevada commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency code and benzoylecgonine is not banned out-of-competition.

As a result, the commission was unable to penalize Jones or prevent him from fighting despite knowing of the positive test."

Dana White is 'proud of the decision'

While Jones is yet to comment on the matter, Dana White and the UFC have responded:

“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.” Said the official UFC statement.

"I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility. I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is." White added

Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone had earlier in the day said when asked about cutting weight again so soon after a fight: "It's probably damaging, for sure. But so is cocaine and alcohol."

There's no case so far for the UFC or NSAC to suspend Jones, despite previously banning fighters for marijuana usage - which is also 'not banned out-of-competition' but the MMA world will eagerly await the response from either side.

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