UFC Champion Jon Jones entering a drug rehabilitation facility.
- Updated: January 7, 2015
Las Vegas NV: Late Tuesday Night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones entering a drug rehabilitation facility after falling his most recent Drug test, Jon Jones just came off a Win at UFC 182 over Daniel Cormier. Below are statemets from Jon Jones, UFC & UFC President Dana White about the Situation
Statement from Jon Jones
“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.”
Response from UFC & UFC President Dana White
From the UFC:
“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.”
Statement from UFC President Dana White:
“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.”
These are the right kinds of statements to make. Jones is not a popular character in UFC circles, but he shouldn’t be turned into a villain by making this kind of a mistake. No matter what you might think of Jones and if he’s sincere about this, he deserves the chance to put himself in a better place ultimately. Hopefully this is a one-time mistake, and he comes out of this as a better person. I’m pulling for him in this situation, and hope that this doesn’t become a recurring problem.