Imagine if injury rehab was as efficient as drug rehab? It would be an entirely different sport.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones checked himself into a drug rehabilitation facility last week, following news that he tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to his UFC 182 title defense in Las Vegas.
But it was less of a stay and more of a
publicity stunt layover.
In fact, "Bones" was in and out within 24 hours, according to his mother Camille (via Action News 12), who also revealed she was glad her son got pinched by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), because it will help him prevent a small problem from snowballing into a much larger one.
"I'm glad that this happened to Jon, this stopped him in his tracks, this let him know that he may need to change some friends, you know, because everyone is not for you for the best. Me and my husband considered it a blessing from God that our child was able to be helped and know that he need to stop and know that he needed the assistance to stop before it came to something worse. When he tested positive, my first question was, do you have a problem, a serious problem? And then he told me what happened. Jon is usually very honest with me, so he told me what happened. I was like, good for you....good. You needed to be caught, it was just timing."
Jones did not face the wrath of his parents, nor will he face any disciplinary action from NSAC.
That's because "Bones" was tested out of competition and cocaine was not on the list of prohibited substances. As such, his unanimous decision win over Daniel Cormier will stand, and Jones will now move forward to face the winner of Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson, who fight for the No. 1 contender spot later this month (details).
In the meantime, he'll be stopping by the AFC Championship game this weekend to watch his brothers play.