UFC has levied a $25,000 fine on Jon Jones for violating their Athlete Code of Conduct policy. The fine comes off the heels of Jones’ drug test failure from a random drug test administered last month by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The results of the test were not made public until after his fight with Daniel Cormier.
UFC said that they were aware of the test results on December 23rd but they did not consider cancelling the fight. Jones said that he would check himself into rehab. However, his mother noted on social media that he had checked himself out on the next day.
UFC says that the fine paid would be donated to a substance-abuse prevention program. UFC says that they waited to take disciplnary action until the results of urine and blood tests from the night of the fight became available. UFC says that those test came back negative but it has not yet been confirmed by the NSAC.
Jones’ win will still stand since the failed test was considered to be “out of competition,” as stated by the NSAC.
The full UFC statement is below:
UFC FINES JON JONES $25,000 FOR VIOLATION OF ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
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