Back in January 2015, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites and was immediately entered into a drug rehabilitation facility that same day.
While the drug test was administered on Dec. 4, the results were not revealed until several days following Jones' Jan. 3 title defense at UFC 182. To add to the dilemma, the Nevada Athletic Commission chose not to punish the champ for the drug test because cocaine is not a banned substance out of competition and the commission was only supposed to test for performance-enhancing drugs.
It was a situation that bothered Jones, and his legal team is currently looking into some potential "foul play" during the testing process.
"I do have a great legal team behind me and we haven't completely let it go," Jones told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani. "We're working to see what went wrong and what can be done about it. I'm not going to comment too much on that whole situation but I am aware that there was some foul play in the whole situation, and right now I'm weighing my options."
While the NAC's handling of the drug test was unprofessional, it still brought to light Jones' willingness to use dangerous recreational drugs weeks before a title defence. It led his striking coach Mike Winkeljohn to suggest that Jones' problem was that he "finds himself hanging out with idiots."
Although Jones considers Winkeljohn to be one of the few after his best interests, he believes that statement was quite inaccurate.
"I have a lot of great friends and great mentors. The things I've been able to achieve in my life have been a direct reflection of the people I surround myself with. It wasn't a totally accurate statement of him to say something like that. I do have some friends that are knuckleheads, like we all do. He was just speaking from his heart and just being himself; being honest.