Jones in rehab after positive cocaine test

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has entered a rehab programme just days after his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

Jones announced he has entered a drug rehabilitation progamme after it was revealed he had tested positive for benzoylecgonine, which is one of the main ingredients in cocaine, in a random drug test given to him on 4 December.

Benzoylecgonine is only considered a banned substance in competition, and the test on Jones was out-of-competition, therefore, it has no bearing on his fight with Cormier and he retains his status as UFC light heavyweight champion.

In a statement to the media Jones said: "With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy." 

The UFC also came out in support of the controversial fighter.

A UFC statement read: "We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the Octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result."