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Dana White says UFC is 'worried about Jon Jones', explains why Cormier fight wasn't cancelled

In an interview with Fox Sports 1's Mike Hill, UFC president Dana White talked about Jon Jones' positive cocaine test, Jones' current mental state, as well as why the fight wasn't called off.

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In his first television appearance since news of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' positive cocaine test went public, Dana White went on Fox Sports 1's "America's Pregame" for a 1-on-1 interview with host Mike Hill. The interview was exclusively about Jon Jones, the handling of the drug test, whether or not the UFC had knowledge of his results prior to Jones' fight with Daniel Cormier, and how this all affects the image of both Jones and the sport. MMA Fighting compiled some of the biggest quotes from the brief interview:

...On White's reaction when he found out about Jones' results.

...On Jones' mental state going into rehab (White confirmed he had spoken to Jones).

...On why Jones vs. Cormier was not cancelled.

...On Nevada Athletic Commission testing for street drugs despite it not being prohibited out-of-competition.

...On how this affects the image of Jon Jones and MMA.

..On potential punishment for Jones.

Additionally, Dana White confirmed that the UFC knew about Jones' result before his fight, but the UFC did not tell Daniel Cormier because "he didn't need to be". The biggest sticking point was that Jones merely tested positive for a recreational drug and not PEDs. Had it been PEDs, "everything would have shut down", essentially indicating that they would've been forced to cancel the fight.

White will also make an appearance on UFC Tonight, which airs this evening at 8 PM ET.

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