Former middleweight fighter and UFC analyst Brian Stann recently appeared on Fox Sports live to discuss UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones testing positive for cocaine after his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 this past weekend.
Jones won a five round war against Cormier, who was undefeated going into their fight this past Saturday night. When Cormier was asked about how this impacted the fight, Cormier was a man about it and did not use it as an excuse.
When asked if this news damages the victory over Cormier at UFC 182, Stann had this to say:
“In my eyes as an analyst and being that it’s out of competition, no,” said Stann. “I don’t think there’s a whole lot of performance enhancement speaking of cocaine. I mean obviously he didn’t take it right before the fight. I think obviously this is going to hurt his image and a lot of the other things he has going on outside of the Octagon for his brand, but this is an opportunity for him to do what’s best for him and his family right now. That’s the No. 1 priority and knowing Jon personally I don’t think there’s anything this kid can’t overcome.”
Jones has since checked into a rehab facility to get help for his condition. His primary sponsor, Reebok has made a public statement that says that they are going to stay by Jones in this difficult time.
Finally, with Jon Jones being seen as a villain or a bad guy in the past, how does this impact the way fans see him now? Stann answered with this:
“It’s going to be difficult,” said Stann. “It’s certainly going to be negative for his image. After the [Cormier] fight [Jones] did some interviews where I thought a lot of people really came around and saw the real side of Jon Jones. People started talking and saying, ‘Hey, give the guy a break. He doesn’t have to be perfect. He can be a little mean.’ So I think this swings the pendulum a little bit back in the opposite direction. He’s going to get criticized and he’s going to have to take this one on the chest, but first and foremost he’s got to worry about himself and his family. “But look, this is a country where one of the highest paid speakers in the country is [former U.S. president] Bill Clinton and he’s considered a hero in many ways. [Clinton] has certainly overcome much worse than a positive drug test so I think Jon can overcome this.”
The talk of his next fight is not even being considered, but before the news broke, he was rumored to fight UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Obviously, any of those discussions have since been put on hold with Jones in rehab.