UFC: Champion Jon Jones entering drug treatment

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Jon Jones celebrates after defeating Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Jon Jones celebrates between rounds during a light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Jon Jones kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Jon Jones celebrates after defeating Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 03: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones speaks to the media during the UFC 182 post fight press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 03: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones speaks to the media during the UFC 182 post fight press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones waits in a time-out as he defends his title against Daniel Cormier during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Jon Jones, top, in action against Andre Gusmao during the UFC - 87 Seek and Destroy Ultimate Fighting card on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 in Minneapolis. Jones won via 3-round unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
Jon Jones, right, in action against Andre Gusmao during the UFC - 87 Seek and Destroy Ultimate Fighting card on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 in Minneapolis. Jones won via 3-round unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
Jon Jones takes down Stephan Bonnar during their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial art match Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Jones won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Jon Jones, left, in action, against Stephan Bonnar during their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, January 31, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Jones won via unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Jon Jones is seen in the ring before his UFC 159 Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight title bout in Newark, NJ, Saturday, April 27,2013. Jones retained his title via first round TKO. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
Jon Jones kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Champion Jon Jones celebrates after beating Chael Sonnen in their UFC 159 Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight title bout in Newark, N.J., Saturday, April 27,2013. Jones retained his title via first round TKO. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Jon 'Bones' Jones kicks Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 03: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones speaks to the media during the UFC 182 post fight press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Daniel Cormier takes down Jon Jones in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 31: Jon Jones talks to the media during the UFC 182 Open Workouts at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on December 31, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 01: (L-R) UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier face off during the UFC 182 Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on January 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - DECEMBER 16: Jon 'Bones' Jones works out for the media during a UFC media workout at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness on December 16, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Wilson Fox/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones nudges his head against Daniel Cormier while they face off during the UFC Time Is Now press conference at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on November 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 included actress Chloë Grace Moretz ('If I Stay'), Jon 'Bones' Jones (UFC light heavyweight championship on Sept. 27) and musical guest The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JON 'BONES' JONES, JIMMY KIMMEL
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 included actress Chloë Grace Moretz ('If I Stay'), Jon 'Bones' Jones (UFC light heavyweight championship on Sept. 27) and musical guest The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JON 'BONES' JONES, JIMMY KIMMEL
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUG 4: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones holds his championship belt for the fans during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUG 4: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones signs autographs for UFC fans gathered in the hotel lobby during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: (R-L) Jon 'Bones' Jones elbows Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 172 event at the Baltimore Arena on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Jon 'Bones' Jones reacts after defeating Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 172 event at the Baltimore Arena on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: (R-L) Jon 'Bones' Jones kicks Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 172 event at the Baltimore Arena on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Jon 'Bones' Jones reacts after defeating Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 172 event at the Baltimore Arena on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Jon Jones warms up before his bout against Glover Teixeira during the UFC 172 event at the Baltimore Arena on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has entered a drug treatment facility after testing positive for the main metabolite of cocaine.

The UFC issued a statement supporting the 27-year-old Jones on Tuesday, three days after he defeated Daniel Cormier to cement his reputation as the world's best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist.

"I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility," UFC President Dana White said. "I'm confident that he'll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is."

Jones (21-1) was tested by the Nevada Athletic Commission last month heading into his title defense against Cormier at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Benzoylecgonine is not banned by World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines for out-of-competition use, so Jones wasn't penalized or suspended before he defeated Cormier by unanimous decision.

Jones was given the random test Dec. 4, and the Nevada commission still could impose disciplinary measures on the fighter. The UFC also could discipline Jones, but showed no indication of such plans in its initial statement.

"While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility," the UFC's statement read. "Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result."

UFC Champion Jon Jones Enters Rehab After Positive Cocaine Test

Reebok also stood behind Jones, who signed with the company less than a month ago after a long-standing deal with Nike.

"We commend Jon for taking the necessary steps to address this issue, and we will support him in any way we can," Reebok announced in a statement. "The status of Jon's relationship with Reebok has not changed."

Through his attorney, Jones issued a statement to Yahoo Sports apologizing to his family, including his fiancee and their four daughters. The upstate New York native, who now lives and trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the brother of New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Arthur Jones.

The positive drug test is the latest twist in a tumultuous career for Jones, a former junior college wrestler who has risen to the top of his sport.

Jones' impressive victory over the previously unbeaten Cormier was his eighth consecutive title defense since winning the belt in March 2011, when he became the youngest champion in UFC history at 23. Jones has evolved into one of the most dominant champions in UFC history, with athleticism and creativity that have allowed him to dominate almost every contender.

He also has developed a reputation for quirkiness and arrogance that have turned him into a villain to many MMA fans - and even occasionally to White, who infamously ripped Jones in 2012 after he refused to take on a replacement opponent on short notice, forcing the promotion to cancel UFC 151.

Jones was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Binghamton, New York, in 2012 after smashing his Bentley into a pole. He eventually pleaded guilty and avoided jail time.

Jones and Cormier were involved in a brawl in a casino lobby in August while promoting their bout, with Jones rushing Cormier off the stage and into a crowd. The Nevada commission fined both fighters and ordered them into community service.

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