Now, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which made a big boo-boo and tested Jones for street drugs (cocaine) out-of-competition ahead of his main event against on Jan. 3, 2015, has given "Bones" a clean bill of blood and urine for the sample he provided on fight night.
Marc Raimondi at MMAFighting.com has the scoop:
"Jones' post-fight carbon isotope ratio (CIR) test reportedly returned clean last week. And Jones was found to be clean of street drugs in a separate test taken after UFC 182 on Jan. 3, too. Those results came back this week. Bennett said he would have the official documents out to the media within the next 48 hours."
We already knew that Jones was vindicated from tampering with his curious testosterone levels (details here), but it was still unclear, until today, whether or not Jones had anything else illegal pumping through his bloodstream while he was beating up Cormier (watch highlights here).
He didn't, but Jones is still not out of the woods, at least according to statements he made last night in an exclusive one-one-one interview on FOX Sports Live (watch replay here). Jones, whose drug rehabilitation stay lasted just 24 hours, claims he is currently enrolled in an out-patient program that checks him regularly for signs of substance abuse.
The Light Heavyweight champion still also has to pay a $25,000 fine for violating UFC's "Code of Conduct" if he hasn't already. Even though UFC knew one month before he stepped inside the Octagon that he was using cocaine, and then used him to clean house at the box office.
Nonetheless, Jones will now officially keep his victory over Cormier because, as stated earlier, he technically did nothing wrong. He just got caught. However, it's still unclear how a botched drug test from NSAC went public and whether or not Jones will pursue legal action for the public relations nightmare that it sparked.