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“I’m Not a Cocaine Addict”: Jon Jones Discusses Failed Drug Test on ‘FOX Sports Live’

For the first time since Jon Jones‘s failed drug test for a cocaine metabolite was made public earlier this month, the UFC light-heavyweight champion discussed the incident in detail last night, in a pre-taped interview with Charissa Thompson of FOX Sports Live. You can watch the entire segment above, which covers everything from Jones’s drug usage, to how he learned of the results, to his one-night stay in a rehab clinic. Some highlights…

On his December 4th drug test: “It was a nerve-racking day. I knew that I had done something wrong, and I knew that the test would show that…I knew it would be a positive test, I knew there was nothing I could do about it. I was stressed out about it, but I just thought I’d focus on what I could control, and that was just the fight.”

On poor decisions: “That’s the big question — ‘Why would you do that right before your fight?’ I definitely don’t have an excuse. I’m not here to make excuses for what happened. I did it, and basically, at a party. I think a coward would sit here and try to come up with this elaborate reason or try to blame something, and I’m not gonna do that. I’m not gonna blame my friends, I’m not gonna blame pressure or stress…but what I will say is, I messed up. It wasn’t a mistake, I can’t call it a mistake because I consciously did it.”

On his cocaine usage: “I had done it before, quite a few times in college I had experimented with it, but that’s really it. Mainly just college, it was something that I dipped and dabbed into a little bit, but it was never really an issue.”

Really? So you did cocaine in college and then did it this one time before a fight and got caught. No. Seriously? “Yeah, pretty much…I do not dab into cocaine, it’s not my thing at all. The night I did it, I was just…there’s no excuse, I really don’t know what came over me, what made me decide to make such a poor choice, but I did, and now I live with…I’m not a cocaine addict by any mean, or not even a frequent user. I just made a really dumb decision, just really got caught with my pants down in this whole situation, and you know, no excuse for it, I can just apologize and try to do things better.”

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Jon Jones Fined $25,000 By The UFC For Violating The Promotion’s Code of Conduct


(“I’m deeply saddened by this whole situation. I’ll be honest, though … that beard trimmer I bought yesterday was more expensive than this fine.”/Photo via Getty)

The UFC announced via its website today that current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been fined $25,000 for violating the promotion’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy.

Jones, who defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, failed an out-of-competition drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Dec. 4, 2014, testing positive for cocaine metabolites.

The UFC had this to say about the fine (via UFC.com):

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[VIDEO] Chuck Liddell Says What We’re Pretty Much All Thinking About Jon Jones’ Cocaine Scandal


(If what we’re all thinking is, “I need to start partying with Jon Jones!!”)

I don’t know about you guys, but I was shocked (shocked I tell you!) and disgusted when I heard that Jon Jones — a multi-millionaire athlete in the prime of his career — was a dirty cocaine user. I mean, Krokodil is like, *way* fancier than coke and it gets you sooooo much higher. What a noob, right?

And when Jones bounced out of his 30-day rehab stint 29 days early? Clearly a cry for help from a man with such an addiction problem that he tested clean two weeks after he failed and then beat an Olympian until he cried two weeks after that. He’s basically Lindsay Lohan with Gibbon arms.

The point of my sarcastic rant is, Jon Jones is going to be fine. He slipped up once (well, twice) and will hopefully use this experience to better himself and refocus on certain areas of his life that he perhaps let get a little out of control. You know it, I know it, and Chuck Liddell knows it. So when TMZ Sports (via MMAWeekly) caught up with the former light heavyweight champion last night, he was quick to tell us all what we needed to hear: Calm the f*ck down and give Jon Jones a break.

Video after the jump. 

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“UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier” PPV Buyrate Estimated at 740,000 to 820,000


(There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Jon Jones is actually grabbing Daniel Cormier’s shoulder from like eight feet away. Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

According to MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer, UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier did between 740,000 and 820,000 pay-per-view buys, based on early cable estimates. That’s the highest PPV buyrate for a UFC card since UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva cracked one million buys in December 2013.

Perhaps more importantly, UFC 182′s buyrate represents the most successful showing in Jon Jones‘s career. Previously, the light-heavyweight champion’s best number was the 700k buys hauled in by UFC 145, where Jones faced off against training-partner-turned-rival Rashad Evans. So yeah, it helps when the fighters hate each other.

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Jon Jones Leaves Drug Rehab Program After One Night. ONE NIGHT.


(Jon Jones’s mother Camille explains why she’s glad that her son tested positive for cocaine. Ugh. / Props: WBNG)

Look, I don’t think anybody expected Jon Jones to spend 30 days locked down with Dr. Drew in Pasadena after he announced his plan to enter a drug treatment program. But at the very least, we expected him to go through the motions, at least to keep up appearances, right?

Nah. According to this WBNG report (via MMAJunkie), Jones’s “stint in the rehab program lasted just one night,” but the UFC light-heavyweight champion is “continuing to get more educated on the subject.” Jones plans to attend Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, to support his brothers Chandler and Arthur.

It’s a bad look from from a PR perspective, especially in light of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s brave decision yesterday to do absolutely nothing about its out-of-competition drug policy. Essentially, Jon Jones tests positive for cocaine, everybody in his life publicly applauds him, he suffers zero professional consequences, and his drug treatment turns into a home-study program after one night.

According to Jon Jones’s mother, Jon’s failed drug test was really a “blessing from God”:

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Look at Jon Jones’ High School Yearbook Picture


(“Jon Jones love u…pussy” / Caption and photo via Reddit)

Late last night, someone posted this photo of school-age Jon Jones (sorry, Jonathon Jones) to r/MMA. It’s hard to guess his age from the picture, but he looks pretty young. Maybe he’s a freshman or something? The Redditor who uploaded the photo said this was from a high school yearbook. Are freshman usually included in those? Yearbooks were seniors only in my school. Then again, my school was so poor and shitty that administration regularly canceled the basketball team’s games when it rained because the roof leaked so badly.

Anyway, the Reddit commenters made all the obvious jokes. So We’ll just end this slow-news-weekend post by asking this: Who would’ve thought the smiling teenager would’ve become the most feared and talented fighter known to man? Just think about that. While Fedor and other legends were striking awe into our hearts and terror into the hearts of their opponents, Jon Jones was awkwardly writing “love u” in yearbooks. More food for thought: Some punk 14-year-old out there decked out in TapouT merch (or now Tapout-WWE merch, I guess) is going to beat the shit out of Jon Jones in a few years. Cool to think about, isn’t it?

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Wanderlei Silva Buries the Nevada Athletic Commission, Continues Descent Into Irrelevance

Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine earlier this week! You know what that means, right? If you guessed an overhaul of drug testing procedures and increased transparency from the Nevada Athletic Commission and the UFC, you’d be wrong. No, what this significant development in MMA means is another Wanderlei Silva pro wrestling-style shoot promo.

He set his sights on the NAC, bashing them for ruining Jones’ reputation and for being the bumbling, corrupt idiots we all sort of know they are (transcript via MMA Fighting). Read it after the jump.

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Friday Links: Jon Jones Was Not Using Synthetic Testosterone, WSOF Exec Goes to Prison, War Machine Finds Jesus + More


(Chael Sonnen posts a mysterious tweet about Jon Jones back in September 2012, then enjoys a Coke at the weigh-ins for their fight. Hmm… / props: Reddit/MMA)

NSAC Head: Jon Jones’ Testosterone Clean Prior to UFC 182; Carbon Isotope Ratio Test Conducted (MMAFighting)

The Dana White/Jon Jones Hypocrisy Megamix (MMAVines)

WSOF Executive Shawn Lampman Sentenced to Ten Months in Federal Prison for Tax Conviction (BloodyElbow)

Oh Great, War Machine Found Jesus (twishort)

Chris Weidman’s Random Drug Test Results Come Back Clean Ahead of UFC 184 (MMAMania)

UFC TV Ban in Germany Lifted by Court Decision (reddit)

8 Video Games That Everyone Will Be Playing In 2015 (EscapistMagazine)

Watch This Real Life Peter Griffin Impersonator Totally Kill It At NYC Comic Con (PopHangover)

The 23 Worst Personal Hells Imaginable (Radass)

VIDEO: Australian Hurdler Michelle Jenneke Is Back, And Hotter Than Ever (World Star, Baby)

Good Monopoly, Bad Monopoly: When are Monopolies Actually a Problem? (EveryJoe)

The 20 Dumbest Internet Products Of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

Honest Trailer: Taken (ScreenJunkies)

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The Plot Thickens: Jon Jones’ Test Results Also Reveal Abnormal T/E Ratios, Hormone Levels [UPDATED]

While there’s been a lot of hubbub (rightfully) made about Jon Jones’ positive test for cocaine and the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s subsequent bumblefucking of his case, it’s taken (some of) us a couple days to see another, perhaps greater abnormality in Jones’ sample. Also, I just used hubbub and bumblefuck in the same sentence and probably deserve some kind of award for that.

As you already know, Jones’ two tests on December 4th both came back positive for traces of cocaine metabolites, with his follow-up test on the 18th coming back clean. All three tests, however, showed significantly lower than usual levels of testosterone, which for a young athlete of Jones’ level is unusual to say the very least.

Jones’ first test (the “watery” sample) is pictured above. As you can see, Jones’ testosterone levels measured at 59ng/dL, and his epitestosterone levels measured at 170ng/dL. This raises several red flags, as the range for epitestosterone is usually similar to that of testosterone (hence the 1:1 T/E ratio that is considered normal). Jones’ second and third tests are after the jump.

Now, there are a few possible explanations as to why Jones’ T/E ratio could come back so abnormal…

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With Jon Jones’ Cocaine Scandal, the Nevada State Athletic Commission Once Again Shines a Light On Their Own Incompetence


(Yeah, that’s pretty much all we can do at this point.)

As you might expect, the news of Jon Jones’ positive test for cocaine did not come without its fair share of questions from both fans and media members, questions like “Why wasn’t Jones punished prior to UFC 182?”, “Will he be punished now?” and “If cocaine isn’t banned out-of-competition, why was he tested for it in the first place?” And those are all sensible questions that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would love to answer. The problem is, none of them can seem to get their stories straight.

Where to begin, where to begin. I guess we should start with the date that NSAC was made aware of Jones’ test failure, which according to NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar in an exclusive statement made to MMAFighting, was “around” December 23rd. While the UFC was informed shortly thereafter, Jones was not made aware of his positive test until two days after his fight with Cormier, for whatever reason. The UFC has declined to share their timeline of events in this matter, which isn’t sketchy in the least bit.

As to why Jones was being tested for cocaine in the first place? Well, it starts to get really, really murky there…

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