Jones, who has maintained that he has done nothing wrong, says its virtually impossible to prove that innocence before UFC 232 takes place.
“I think my trying to prove any type of innocence is going to be virtually impossible before the fight, because of the controversial image I have,” Jones said to ESPN. “People are kind of set in what they’re going to believe. I can’t win over many minds before the fight.”
It may be hard for Jones to figure out the whole mess himself anyway, especially since the scientists handling the drug testing don’t know how the abnormality came to be.
“Even the scientists that found it, don’t know much about it,” Jones said. “I’m hearing reports this s--- could live in my system for seven years. I’ve learned to say, ‘You know what Jon? You know in your heart you did nothing wrong.’ If I took another polygraph test and answered the question, ‘Have you ever knowingly put this in your system?’ I could confidently say, ‘No, I never knowingly put this in my system.’ And it would be a true statement. I just have to surrender to people’s opinions. I gotta surrender to the ignorance our sport is surrounded by. I gotta surrender to the fact most people will never pick up a book and do homework for themselves. I gotta surrender to it all and say, ‘Listen Jon, you’ve had a controversial career. You’re fun for people to pick at. You’re fun for people to talk about. If you are part of anything that’s not positive, it’s going to be huge news.’ I have to be 100 percent confident in knowing I didn’t do anything wrong.”
UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, December 29 from The Forum in Inglewood, California with Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.