An optimistic Jon Jones emerged on Sunday night with a video update on his now-private Instagram account, expressing confidence that he’ll be back in much less time than the two years he’s facing after his failed USADA test.
Jon Jones just dropped this message on Instagram and says he has good news & expects to be back in the Octagon soon. pic.twitter.com/Q6U8GFBSTo
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 15, 2016
“How’s it going “Bones” Jones supporters! If there are any of you guys still out there,’ Jones joked to start off the comment. “I just wanted to take a few seconds to say hello to you all, and to give you a little update on how I’ve been doing. I’ve been doing really good. I’ve been training, spending time with family, attacking some of these legal issues that I’ve gotten myself into, trying to really just leave that all behind once and for all.
“I’m sure you guys are curious about what’s going on with this USADA situation. Obviously I can’t get into it because it’s still pending, but what I can say is that we have found out lots of really good news and I am expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon. Thank you guys for your continued support. Love you guys, and I hope you are spending this Sunday with people you love. Alright, be good, and I hope to see you guys really soon.”
Jones was pulled from UFC 200 last month on the week of the fight when an out of competition drug test revealed the presence of two anti-estrogen substances in his system. He’s vowed since the outset that it wasn’t anything he’d taken intentionally, and his team has vowed to fight the finding.
Penick’s Analysis: If they’ve determined that the lot of one of the supplements he had been taken was responsible for his failed test, and if that supplement isn’t on USADA’s list of high-risk supplements, he may very well get the same six-month reduction for a suspension received by Yoel Romero and Tim Means this year. He’ll need to hope that USADA’s determination has some influence on the Nevada Athletic Commission as well, because even if USADA cuts it down to six month the commission may decide on their own punishment anyway. Still, if they’ve gotten proof of a tainted batch of supplements he may wind up getting (mostly) off the hook here.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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