A UFC fighter is planning to go into rehab after testing positive for using a particular drug.
Jon Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite for cocaine, on Tuesday when given a drug test by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The UFC light heavyweight champion will plan on going to rehab to get treated for his drug use.
According to ESPN, he issued a statement, as well as UFC:
The urine test sample was collected on Dec. 4 and analyzed by a World Anti-Doping Agency-approved lab in Salt Lake City. According to a lab report, results of the test were issued on Dec. 23. The test is considered out of competition, however, and according to WADA’s banned substances list, benzoylecgonine is banned only in competition.
Because the test is considered out of competition, the result of Jones’ fight against Daniel Cormier on Saturday will stand.
“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue,” the UFC said in a statement. “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.”
“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made,” the statement read. “I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy.”