Jon Jones Teases Quick Return from USADA Suspension in Instagram Post

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones interacts with fans and media during the UFC 200 New York press event at Madison Square Garden on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jon Jones has had a rough couple of years, but the former UFC light heavyweight champ apparently feels like things are starting to turn around.

Jones indicated he may return to the Octagon soon in a recently deleted Instagram post. MMAJunkie.com's Chamatkar Sandhu reposted the 56-second video via Twitter:

It's a much-needed bit of good news for fans of the 29-year-old.

Starting with an out-of-competition drug test that was flagged for cocaine metabolites in January 2015, Jones has been a steady part of the MMA news cycle for a number of high-profile incidents, both legal and professional.

In April 2015, he was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title because of a hit-and-run incident, and he was arrested less than 12 months later for probation violation because of a heated traffic stop, during which Jones was slapped with five tickets (most notably for drag racing).

Jones was supposed to face Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200, but the fight fell through because of a failed drug test.
Jones was supposed to face Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200, but the fight fell through because of a failed drug test.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The most recent kerfuffle involving Jones came in July, when he was pulled from the main event of UFC 200 just a few days ahead of the event because of a flagged out-of-competition drug test. The change to the card was a catastrophe for all parties, as it forced the UFC to shuffle the card and denied Jones a potentially enormous payday.

While neither the UFC nor USADA has discussed what comes after Jones' temporary suspension, his positive outlook isn't unfounded. Middleweight contender Yoel Romero received a relatively short six-month suspension because of his failed drug test, stemming from tainted supplements, and there is a chance Jones could get a similarly light punishment.

Of course, nothing is official until a statement comes down from USADA or the UFC. As such, any optimism should be coupled with a fair bit of cautiousness. Stay tuned.

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