A recent report which said that Jon Jones spent just one night in rehab quickly blazed throughout the MMA world, but according to UFC President Dana White, there’s more to the story.
On Tuesday, WBNG in Binghamton posted an interview with Camille Jones, who is the mother of the UFC light-heavyweight champ. In the story it reported that Jones stayed at a drug rehab facility for one night, but the fighter’s mother said he was continuing to get educated on the subject. It also relayed that Jones will attend this Sunday’s AFC Championship, as his brothers Arthur and Chandler are playing in the game.
Well, White recently spoke with the Boston Herald, and not surprisingly, he was asked about Jones and the recent report regarding the champ’s rehab stint. According to White, it’s “not necessarily the case” that Jones spent one day in rehab. In addition, White was quoted saying:
“When the whole story comes out, people will understand, it will be put into perspective,” White was quoted saying. “When Jon Jones comes out and does his interview, the truth will come out, and everyone will understand. Or they won’t, you know. Jon is a very polarizing guy, people either love him or they hate him. Either way, the truth will come out soon.”
Jones worked his way to a decision win over his rival Daniel Cormier on January 3rd, but the fighter’s impressive victory continues to be overshadowed by this story. Not long after UFC 183, it was announced that the champion had tested positive for cocaine metabolites in pre-fight drug test, and Jones announced he was entering a drug treatment program.
White also defended the UFC’s decision to move forward with Jones-Cormier in the Herald story, despite the fact the promotion was aware of the champion’s test results. White repeated that they could have fined Jones, but that if they had pulled him from the fight, a lawsuit would have materialized in “3.5 seconds.”
UFC FN 59 is going down in Boston on Sunday night, and in the main event, rising featherweight Conor McGregor will battle Dennis Siver. The card will also feature a lightweight contender bout between Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson.