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Dana White 'proud' of Jon Jones' decision to enter drug rehab, confident he will emerge like a 'champion'

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If UFC's troubled Light Heavyweight champion happens to make a list of all persons he harmed during his recovery, and made amends to them all, it's safe to assume the company president would be the near the top of his list.

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Nevermind what Jon Jones did before today because the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) leading man, Dana White, will stand by his Light Heavyweight champion moving forward during perhaps his darkest hour.

Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Jones tested positive for a cocaine metabolite known as benzoylecgonine prior to his UFC 182 showdown with Daniel Cormier this past weekend (Jan. 3, 2015). Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) administered the test on Dec. 4, 2014 (more details here). However, since it was an out-of-competition test -- and benzoylecgonine is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances (which the NSAC adheres to) -- Jones will not be punished.

Nonetheless, "Bones" has a problem, revealing that he would enter a drug-treatment facility to correct his "mistake." Before he retreats into seclusion, he might find solace in the public support of White, who released the following statement (via UFC.com):

"I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility. I'm confident that he'll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is."

Jones dodged several bullets, including a suspension from competition and/or having his victory over Cormier (watch video highlights here) overturned to a "No Contest." He will likely be unable to avoid harsh criticism from fans, media and fellow fighters, which is already lighting up social media.

And that "Greatest of All Time" legacy he wanted to cement in 2015? That might take a hit, too.

For now, White doesn't seem too upset with him. Jones will just have to take it one step at a time.