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Morning Report: Dana White clarifies Jon Jones' brief rehab stint following failed drug test

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

News of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jonesbrief stint in rehab raised more than a few eyebrows.

Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites in a Dec. 4 random drug test, 30 days before his title clash with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Making an appearance on The Jim Rome Show Wednesday, UFC president Dana White went to bat for the champion's efforts to move on.

"Everybody was talking about, 'Oh, he really didn't go to rehab.' He went for a 24-hour evaluation into rehab," said White. "They evaluated him for 24 hours. When the 24 hours was up they said, 'You are not an addict.' OK? But my thing was if you're doing that four weeks before the biggest fight of your life there's some type of problem there. There's something wrong."

On Jan. 17 Jones was fined $25,000 by the UFC for violating the organization's Athlete Code of Conduct policy. As of yet, the promotion hasn't specified plans for further punitive actions, such as suspension.

"He's doing out-patient counseling now," said White. "He's talking to counselors. I just want to make sure ... this kid has so much talent. It's always the guys with tons of talent that you go, 'Why is this guy doing this?' I want to try to help the guy.

"They said he didn't need to stay there. If they would have determined that he needed to stay he would have stayed."

Asked if he 'trusted' Jones moving forward, White broke out a pair of his favorite phrases.

"It is what it is," said White. "I think the kid is growing up and maturing. He is as a fighter, for sure. We'll see what happens."

According to White, Jones is expected to make his next title defense to No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson in May.

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TWEETS

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Crisis averted.

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Yep.

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Soon.

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OK.

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Get well soon.

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Interesting.

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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via jpwolfe.

Much to Lose, Little to Gain

As we approach the main event of UFC 183, which marks the awaited return of two of MMA's biggest stars, it is difficult to imagine the loser of Saturday night's contest maintaining relevance in the sport. Both Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva are coming off back to back losses. Surely neither fighter will be cut after the fight, both put far too many asses in seats for that. But a consecutive 0-3 in a league where that record usually grants you your walking papers can ensure us that we'll be witnessing the meaningful end of one, if not two, of the few remaining old school legends of the sport.

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