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Jon Jones speaks about failed drug test

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It's been a rough start to 2015 for Endicott Native and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones. Considering that the new year started with a tremendous title defense in UFC 182 against Daniel Cormier, it's all gone downhill from there. Days after the fight, news broke that Jones tested positive for cocaine during a random drug test conducted on December 4th. When the news broke the champ admitted himself into rehab. Critics began bashing Jones after it became known that he spent just 24 hours in the facility.

In an exclusive interview with Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports 1, Jones broke his silence and talked about the whole ordeal. Among the range of topics covered: why he did it, how often does he use drugs, why he only spent one day in rehab, what was his family's reaction, what does he have to say to his fans, and what this means for his future.

"Why would yo do that right before your fight?" Jones asked rhetorically. "I definitely don't have an excuse, I'm not here to make excuses for what happened. I did it at a party. I think a coward would sit here and try to come up with this elaborate reason or, to try to blame something and I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to blame my friends, I'm not going to blame pressure or stress, or anything but. What I will say is, I messed up. It wasn't a mistake, I can't call it a mistake necessarily because I did consciously did it."

When asked why he spent only one day in rehab, Jones said that it was a mutual decision between him and his business partners to go. He told them he did not have a drug problem, but that it was better to get a doctor to decide that, than rely on his word.

"So I went to a rehab facility and I did a 24-hour evaluation where I spoke to doctors, about three doctors for almost seven hours," Jones said. "We talked about drugs and the role its played in my life and my upbringing. They came to the conclusion that I didn't need to be an impatient. So, they put me in an outpatient house, I stayed there the next day, the whole day, with a bunch of different addicts. Counselor came to me at the house, sat me down and said 'hey John, I really believe that you made a big mistake and that you don't need to live with us here full time, but what I will do is continue to drug test you and to come by your house about twice a week or however often."

Jones says that he is currently being randomly tested at least once a week and is going through counseling sessions 1-3 times a week.

You can watch the full interview by clicking the link below.