UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites in a Dec. 4, 2014, random drug test that had taken ahead of his successful UFC 182 title defense against Daniel Cormier. Even though he tested positive for cocaine, he refused to be an addict and announced that he would be entering himself into a drug treatment facility. He was then fined $25,000 even though Cocaine is not banned out-of-competition.
During an interview with Ariel Helwani, he said:
“Ariel, I’ll look you dead in your eyes. I don’t like coke. I’m not a coke guy.”
“…But cocaine, you know, I tried cocaine one night and the athletic commission is there the next day. It was just, like, how in the world did this just go down? How did it happen this way? So now people like to paint me as this coke head, and my haters would love for me to be a coke head, but far from it.”
However, a recent arbitration decision reveals that it was indeed not the case and he was still using cocaine for recreational purposes from 2015 to 2017.
“Mr. Jones candidly admitted to USADA that prior to and for a period of time after the reporting of his second adverse analytical finding on July 28, 2017 Mr. Jones used illicit, so-called ‘street drugs,’ including cocaine.
Also in Jon Jones’s arbitration ruling, he’s always maintained he has not used PEDs but did admit to illicit drug use, including cocaine, “prior to and for a period after” UFC 214. He also entered full-time rehab during the time since.
Jon Jones has received fifteen months suspension is fully eligible to return on the UFC 230.