Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has admitted that he still holds a grudge against the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NAC).
Jones believes that the NAC ruined his reputation after they made him do a drug test prior to his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in January.
Jones successfully defended his title, but after the fight, it was revealed that Jones had tested positive for cocaine after metabolites of the drug were found in his blood.
But, while Jones conceded that he shouldn’t have been using cocaine in the first place, he added that the NAC had no right to test him for street drugs and make the results known to the public.
“I had no right to be doing cocaine, but they had no right to be testing me for street drugs and then putting it out to the public,” Jones told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. “I hear about the cocaine more than anything else I've ever done in my career. So, they definitely set me back huge. Let's just say I haven't forgot about it.
“It's crazy with the whole cocaine thing. Ariel, I'll look you dead in your eyes. I don't like coke. I'm not a coke guy. I smoked marijuana quite frequently. And people who know me know that about me. I love to drink. I can honestly say I partied with the best of them.”
While the 28-year-old also blames the NAC for making him appear as a cocaine addict, he admitted that he was addicted to marijuana at one point, but made it clear that he no longer is.
“But cocaine, you know, I tried cocaine one night and the athletic commission is there the next day,” he said. “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.
“I would never be able to accomplish the things I have with cocaine. I was addicted to marijuana. And because you can do so much while being a marijuana addict, it's hard to admit that you're an addict.
“But I was, and now I'm not, and I feel set free, and I'm just so grateful for everything that has happened to me, because it's allowed me to see this and be more clear.”
Jones is still waiting to hear when he will make his make his UFC comeback after the company lifted his six-month suspension in October following a hit-and-run incident he was involved in in April.