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MMA Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC responds to reports of Jon Jones failing drug test

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (21-1-0) failed a prior UFC 182 drug test according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in a report from MMAJunkie.

Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine,  a main cocaine metabolite. He is currently undergoing rehab.

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Jones recently defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

Specifically, benzoylecgonine was detected in the test.

The UFC responded with the following statement.

“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.”

“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.” – Dana White, UFC president

Jones’ attorneys made a statement to Yahoo Sports:

“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.”

Check back for more on this story.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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