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In a recent post on Instagram, Jon Jones said that he would be returning to the Octagon “really soon” despite facing a potential suspension for failing a drug test that ended up having him removed from the UFC 200 main event in July.
“I’m sure you guys are curious about what’s going on with this USADA situation,” the interim UFC light heavyweight champion said. “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.”
Some scoffed at those claims, considering Jones’ history and the fact that he appeared to be staring at a possible two-year suspension. However, UFC president Dana White made an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” and somewhat corroborated Jones’ claims.
“It’s coming back now that it looks like he did not take the supplement that everybody thought he took,” White said in relation to Jones originally being notified that he was pulled for the anti-estrogen drugs clomiphene and letrozole. “We’ll see how this thing plays out. I don’t even know if this is public. I don’t even know if I can talk about it. Normally, I’ll talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can’t do it. But it’s looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug that everybody thought he took. It looks like it’s something else.”
This goes along with Jones’ claims that he did not have any knowledge that he used those particular banned substances. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Jones is out of the woods because he did fail the test.
“He definitely didn’t get a bum rap, but the substance that he was [alleged to be] on was a pill that you take when you’re coming down off of steroids,” White said. “But this thing is apparently in other things. Jon took something else. Where he doesn’t come off clean is, you have to tell USADA everything you put in your body leading up to the fight – and he did not.”