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Video: Brian Stann compares Jon Jones to Bill Clinton, believes 'Bones' can overcome failed UFC drug test

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"I think obviously this is going to hurt his image and a lot of the other things he has going on outside of the Octagon for his brand, but this is an opportunity for him to do what's best for him and his family right now. That's the No. 1 priority and knowing Jon personally I don't think there's anything this kid can't overcome. It's going to be difficult. It's certainly going to be negative for his image. After the [Cormier] fight [Jones] did some interviews where I thought a lot of people really came around and saw the real side of Jon Jones. People started talking and saying, 'Hey, give the guy a break. He doesn't have to be perfect. He can be a little mean.' So I think this swings the pendulum a little bit back in the opposite direction. He's going to get criticized and he's going to have to take this one on the chest, but first and foremost he's got to worry about himself and his family. But look, this is a country where one of the highest paid speakers in the country is [former U.S. president] Bill Clinton and he's considered a hero in many ways. [Clinton] has certainly overcome much worse than a positive drug test so I think Jon can overcome this."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight-turned-FOX Sports mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst Brian Stann, who trained with Jon Jones at the Jackson-Winkeljohn camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, believes the UFC light heavyweight champion will be able to rise from the proverbial ashes following a failed drug test. Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) confirmed on Tuesday that "Bones" was popped for cocaine metabolites prior to his UFC 182 title defense against Daniel Cormier (Twitter reactions here), but will face no penalties as the test was administered out of competition. Nevertheless, Jones has entered a drug rehabilitation facility and will slowly-but-surely work his way back to the top of the 205-pound food chain. If former United President Bill Clinton can do it, according to Stann, then so can Jones, barring any Monica Lewinsky-type rendezvous while whisked away in rehab. Transcription courtesy of MMA Fighting.