UFC president Dana White dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss the controversy surrounding Jon Jones, the light heavyweight champion who tested positive for cocaine prior to his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 but was still allowed to compete.
Jones won by unanimous decision and, according to his mother, later checked into rehab and stayed only one night.
“Obviously his mom came out with that statement, which was kind of true but kind of not true,” White said on Tiki and Tierney. “Jon hasn’t come out and talked about what’s going on with him yet, so neither am I. But obviously it was disappointing to hear leading up to that fight. And a lot of people keep asking me, ‘Well, if he tested (positive for cocaine), why would you still let him fight?’ Well, it was out of competition (that) he was tested. If it was a performance-enhancing drug, the fight would have been called off immediately. But he has a right to fight, and he did.”
As White explained, using a performance-enhancing drug is against the UFC’s personal code of conduct.
“The policy is basically just common sense,” White said. “Any time a guy does something that’s not up to the code of conduct, they get suspended or they get fined or whatever it might be. There will be something with Jon Jones, too. Everything is still playing out. To tell you the truth, the drug test from the fight isn’t back yet, either.”
Jones was tested the night of the fight by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
“They’re trying to catch guys out of competition using performance-enhancing drugs,” White said. “That’s why they test them.”
Jones will reportedly be in Foxboro this Sunday cheering on his brothers during the AFC Championship. Arthur Jones is a defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, while Chandler Jones is a defensive end for the New England Patriots.
In other UFC news, Anderson Silva (33-6) is expected to face Nick Diaz (27-9-1) in a five-round middleweight bout at UFC 183 on January 31. Anderson, 39, has not fought since breaking his left fibula and tibia during a match with Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December 2013.
Silva, a 6-2, 185-pound Brazilian, is widely considered one of the greatest fighters ever.
“It’s funny because you’re like, ‘Oh, he’s 39, and he’s coming back?’” White said. “That’s one of the things he didn’t get credit for. He was the best fighter on earth, and he was 38 years old. Now he’s 39. He had that freak accident where his shin broke and now he’s healthy. But you’re talking about a guy that is absolutely dedicated, who’s done all the rehab and therapy and all the things he’s supposed to do and is training like a mad man to come back. Who knows? We’ll see. I don’t know if he’s going to be the fighter he was, but he’s going to be pretty damn good.”