Jon Jones (pictured) might be facing at least a two-year suspension for taking estrogen blockers dead in the eyes, but the UFC interim light heavyweight champion appears to know something that the rest of the world doesn’t.
Jones, who is currently serving a temporary ban levied by the Nevada Athletic Commission after flunking a June 16 exam, briefly posted a video on his verified Instagram account claiming to have “really good news” regarding his latest mishap and that should be back in action “really soon” if all goes according to plan.
“I’m sure you guys are curious about what’s going on with this USADA situation,” Jones said in the selfie video, which has since been deleted. “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.”
Jones has denied any wrongdoing from the jump, fingering an unnamed tainted supplement as the culprit.
Jones was slated to face light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a title unification bout in UFC 200’s featured attraction. After getting yanked from the bout just three days before showtime, Anderson Silva stepped in at the 11th hour to drop a landslide unanimous decision to Cormier in a non-title tilt.
The NAC placed Jones on temporary suspension during July’s hearing until he can stand before them at a formal hearing later this year. According to the NAC, Jones had hydroxy-clomiphene, “an anti-estrogenic agent,” and letrozole metabolite, an “aromatase inhibitor,” in both Jones’ A and B samples.
Both substances are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency during in- and out-of-competition periods. From a cheating standpoint, estrogen blockers can help restart natural testosterone production.
Coincidentally, former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, who got bumped to UFC 200‘s main event after Jones’ removal, was also busted for an estrogen blocker after dominating Mark Hunt.
Sixteen days after Jones’ failed exam was made public, his older brother, Arthur, a defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the upcoming season for performance-enhancing drugs.