UFC officials announced that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been fined $25,000 for violating the Athlete Code of Conduct.
Jones entered into a drug rehab facility after testing positive for cocaine during a December drug test. Since it was out-of-competition, Jones is expected to avoid any suspension.
The promotion released a statement regarding their decision:
The UFC announced today that it has fined light heavyweight champion Jon Jones $25,000 for violating the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy. Jones tested positive for cocaine during an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Dec. 4, 2014. The $25,000 will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program.
The UFC came to this decision after reviewing the facts surrounding the issue, and after receiving confirmation from the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones passed all required drug tests following his bout at UFC 182 on Jan. 3.
Jones will appear on FOX Sports 1 in a previously-recorded interview on Monday night at 11 p.m. ET during “FOX Sports Live” to discuss the fine, his stay at the rehab facility and what is next.