Jan 3, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Daniel Cormier (not pictured) in their light heavyweight title fight at UFC 182 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jones won. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jon Jones has been fined by the UFC following his positive cocaine test
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been fined $25,000 by the the company for a violation of the fighter code of conduct. It was recently revealed that Jones tested positive for cocaine following his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.
In regards to the fine, the UFC issues this brief statement.
"The UFC announced today that it has fined light heavyweight champion Jon Jones $25,000 for violating the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy. Jones tested positive for cocaine during an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Dec. 4, 2014. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program.The UFC came to this decision after reviewing the facts surrounding the issue, and after receiving confirmation from the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones passed all required drug tests following his bout at UFC 182 on Jan. 3"
Following the announcement of the positive drug test it was revealed that Jones would enter a rehabilitation facility, however we later found out that he checked out after one day of treatment.
The news of Jones’s positive test was revealed on Jan. 5, just a short time after he had yet another successful title defense in his win over Cormier. There were many that called for his title to be stripped, which would end one of the most impressive reigns in the history of the organization. However, it doesn’t appear that will happen, and given the fact he tested positive out of competition, it probably can’t occur.
Jones has the right to appeal the decision, if he so chooses.
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