EXCLUSIVE: Jon Jones to break silence in interview tonight on FOX Sports 1
For the first time since a pre-fight drug test came back positive, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will submit to an interview with FOX Sports 1 tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
On Dec. 4, 2014, Jones was tested as part of the drug screening by the Nevada State Athletic Commission ahead of his scheduled bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. The test originally was just expected to look for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), but an additional round of testing was ordered for "drugs of abuse."
When the test results came back on Dec. 23, Jones’ sample tested positive for metabolites found in cocaine.
By the strictest letter of the law, Jones could not be punished for the infraction because cocaine is not a drug that’s considered illegal in the sport when an athlete is out of competition, which he was when the test was administered, a month before his fight.
Jones was allowed to compete and went on to beat Cormier by unanimous decision on Jan. 3.
Two days later the test results were made public and Jones issued a prepared statement before entering a drug treatment facility. He hasn’t made any public comments or done any interviews since the test results became public.
Now Jones is ready to speak and he’ll talk exclusively to FOX Sports’ Charissa Thompson tonight to discuss the positive test and other subjects such as . . .
Why did Jones take a drug while training for the biggest fight of his career?
The fight with Cormier at UFC 182 was one of the most highly anticipated bouts in the past year, and yet Jones was doing drugs just weeks before the fight. Was this a regular occurrence or a one-time lapse of judgment? Has Jones done drugs prior to previous fights as well?
When did Jones find out about the positive drug test?
There have been conflicting reports about whether or not Jones was notified about the drug test results when they were first returned on Dec. 23. Did Jones compete at UFC 182 knowing the results were just days away from being made public or was he caught off-guard like the rest of the world when news broke just days after his title defense?
Why did Jones leave rehab after only 24 hours when he stated he was taking this ordeal seriously?
Jones checked himself into rehab the same day the test results became public, but according to his mother Camille, he checked out within 24 hours. What changed in those 24 hours he spent in the recovery facility? Does Jones believe he has a bigger issue to deal with or was this an isolated incident?
Now it’s time for Jones to talk and address all of the questions surrounding the past few weeks of his life, which went from triumph to tribulation all in a matter of days, and he’ll discuss all of it in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports 1 tonight at 11 p.m. ET.