Updated 05:16 PM EST, Sun, Jan 24, 2021

Jon Jones Drug Abuse: UFC Champ Enters Drug Facility After Testing Positive For Benzoylecgonine

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After beating Daniel Cormier on Saturday night at UFC 182, victorious MMA fighter Jon Jones is now facing a little bump on the road as he announced that he has entered a drug treatment facility.

Yahoo Sports noted in a report that the announcement was made only a few days after he sealed his recent victory which hailed him as one of the greatest fighters in the UFC. But it was revealed in a report by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine which is a topical analgesic and a main metabolite of cocaine.

According to ESPN, the 27-year-old MMA fighter had his urine sample collected last Dec. 4 and that it was analyzed in a laboratory in Salt Lake City. The results were issued last Dec. 23 and NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said that they have already been informed of Jones' submission to a drug facility.

Reports also said that the Nevada commission could not penalize Jones since the drug is not banned out-of-competition as dictated by the World Anti-Doping Agency Code. Yahoo Sports explained that the commission conducted another test which Jones already passed.

In a statement released by the MMA fighter to the media, he said his apologies to the people closest to him.

"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," his statement read.

The UFC, for its part, said that it was Jones who decided that he will enter the facility to be able to address the current 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 UFC added in a statement.

Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White said that he is proud of Jones and that he believes he will emerge from this program "like a real champion."

Not only his family, friends, and other athletes expressed their support to Jones but also the brands that he endorses.

Reebok, for one, said that it will stand by the MMA fighter despite his current situation. "We commend Jon for taking the necessary steps to address this issue, and we will support him in any way we can."

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