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UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Tested Positive for Cocaine

UFC 182: Jones v Cormier

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Yesterday According to “Bones” tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, in a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) back on Dec. 4, 2014.  Since the NSAC follows the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) policies and benzoylecgonine is not on the out-of-competition banned substance list, a punishment could not be levied against Jones and he was permitted to compete.

Jones passed a second test prior to his UFC 182 victory over Daniel Cormier last Saturday night (Jan. 3, 2015) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has since entered a drug rehabilitation facility.  He made the following statement.

“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. 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.”

After defeating the previously unbeaten Cormier at UFC 182 to begin the new year — in which he said he would prove he is the best ever — this is undoubtedly a huge setback for the light heavyweight champion, especially after working so hard to erase the memory of his run-in with the law back in 2012.

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