The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) convened its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday. One of the key items on the agenda was a discussion about the recent situation regarding UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones testing positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition random drug test.
Jones was tested on Dec. 4 in relation to his UFC 182 headlining bout against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas. The timing of that test is deemed out-of-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency since it wasn’t within 12 hours of the actual bout. The NAC follows the WADA code when it comes to prohibited substances.
When a test is done out-of-competition, it is only relevant to performance-enhancing substances. Generally, a test for substances of abuse, such as cocaine, isn’t performed. In Jones’s case, on Dec. 4, his sample was accidentally tested for both performance enhancers and substances of abuse, and showed a positive result for cocaine, while being clear of performance-enhancing substances.
As such, the NAC has not taken action against Jones and, obviously, did not stop the fight from taking place, and neither did the UFC.
Jones has since admitted he has a problem and voluntarily entered a drug treatment facility.
As mentioned, the NAC had it on the agenda to discuss its approach to out-of-competition testing, but that discussion never really got off the ground at Monday’s meeting.
The commissioners did start a discussion, but it quickly focused on a plan to gather further information and form a committee to take a deeper look at the commission’s policies in regard to drug testing.
It’s clear that the commission does not intend an overnight solution to the problem, but rather, it appears the NAC is going to take some time to assess its approach and determine what it can do to continue to combat drug use in the sports it regulates.