Fight Went Ahead Despite UFC's Knowledge of Results

Published on January 7th, 2015 8:54 pm EST

The mixed martial arts world was given a shock yesterday after it was revealed that UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones had tested positive for cocaine during a random pre-fight drug test that was administered in early December.

Jones, in a statement issued later in the day, acknowledged the results of the test and indicated that he would be entering rehab in order to deal with his problem.

The UFC and Reebok, one of Jones' biggest sponsors, also issued statements that indicated support for Jones and his stated mission to overcome his demons.


The Nevada Athletic Commission is fairly lenient on "street drugs" (marijuana and others) which is why the fight was allowed to continue despite Jones' positive test.

UFC President Dana White stated that his organization "followed the lead" of the Commission and that is why they allowed the fight to continue. White stated that "Jones had a contract" to fight Cormier and nothing that he had done had violated that contract.

If Jones had tested positive for PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs), White said, it would have been a different story and the fight would have been cancelled.


It is not known how long Jones will be out of action following this news. The winner of the upcoming Gustafsson/Johnson fight is slated to get the next shot at Jones and his Light Heavyweight title but it remains to be seen when that fight will actually take place.

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