Jon Jones has been fined $25,000 by the UFC. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Jon Jones has been fined $25,000 by the UFC for violating the promotion’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy.
The Las Vegas-based organization punished Jones for testing positive for cocaine metabolites in a drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Dec. 4. The results of Jones test were not revealed until after his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier in the UFC 182 main event on Jan. 3. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program, according to a statement released by the promotion.
Jones earned a reported $500,000 purse for his victory over Cormier at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
According to World Anti-Doping Agency policy, recreational drugs, including cocaine, are not banned in out-of-competition testing. As a result, the NAC did not fine or suspend Jones for his positive test. NAC Executive Director Bob Bennett told MMAFighting.com that Jones being tested for cocaine was the result of an “administrative oversight.”
The UFC was able to take action on its own, however.
“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,” the statement read.
Jones checked himself into a drug treatment facility after the results of the test were made public. However, Jones’ mother recently said that the UFC light heavyweight champion left rehab after a one night and is expected to attend the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro, Mass., on Sunday.