Jon Jones’ Victory Against Cormier is Tainted and the UFC Doesn’t Care
Yesterday's announcement that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, just days after defending his title against Daniel Cormier came as a shock to many.
Jones is now entering a drug rehabilitation center and his future is uncertain at this point. 'Bones' is regarded by many as the best UFC fighter in the world, and there are certainly countless surprised and disappointed fans out there. Should anyone really be surprised though? After all, we live in an era where just about every sport is under the microscope for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, baseball being the most closely watched.
In Jones' case, he probably has had a problem with cocaine for quite some time and finally got caught. The question that many people may have at this point is why 'Bones' was still able to defend his title against Daniel Cormier. There is no doubt that the UFC already knew the results of Jones' drug test but yet they still allowed the fight to take place.
In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency regulations, Jones' title defense against Cormier will stand because he was not on the substance at the time of the bout. That is the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard! The UFC knew about Jones' drug test and understood that if the fight was cancelled it would cost them millions in revenue.
The fact remains that Jones' future in the UFC is up in the air; it may be some time before he fights again. This event may even tarnish what was a perfect legacy in the sport. It is vitally important that he takes care of his drug issue first before anything else in his life. Here is a video of highlights from Jones' fight verses Daniel Cormier.