Jon Jones has reportedly tested positive for cocaine metabolites during a pre-UFC 182 drug test and since checked himself into rehab.
Through a report from Yahoo Sports, the UFC light heavyweight champion announced the decision.
“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,” Jones told Yahoo Sports. “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.”
When reached for comment Jones' trainer, Greg Jackson, told Sherdog.com via text, "I'm glad to hear he's taking steps to not make that mistake again."
The test that Jones failed was administered Dec. 4 and the substance in question was benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine. Since benzoylecgonine is not banned out-of-competition, the Nevada Athletic Commission was unable to prevent Jones from competing against Daniel Cormier this past Saturday.
“I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” said UFC President Dana White in a statement. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
The report also notes that the commission issued a follow-up test to Jones, which the 27-year-old passed. The exact date for the second exam is unknown.
“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,” read a UFC-issued statement. “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.”
Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision, defending his title for the eighth consecutive time.
Editor's note: This story was updated at 7:30 p.m. ET to include a quote from Greg Jackson.