Over the weekend, UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured) posted, then deleted, a selfie video on his verified Instagram account that he might dodge a two-year suspension after receiving “really good news” about the flunked drug test that abruptly forced his withdrawal from UFC 200 just three days before showtime.
Jones was rather vague about his perceived improved standing, but said he was “expecting to be back in the octagon really soon.”
On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White tried to clarify why Jones is optimistic despite the fact hydroxy-clomiphene, “an anti-estrogenic agent,” and letrozole metabolite, an “aromatase inhibitor,” were found in his A and B samples.
“It’s coming back now that it looks like he did not take the supplement that everyone thought he took, and we’ll see how this thing plays out,” White vaguely said on The Jim Rome Show. “I don’t even know if this is public, I don’t even know if I can talk about this … It’s looking like Jon Jones didn’t take the drug that everyone thought he took. It looks like it’s something else.
“I’ll let this thing play out, and if that’s true, and that’s what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission says happened, this could look very good for Jon Jones.”
The morning after Jones’ failed drug test came to light, a tear-eyed Jones held a press conference professing his innocence. Jones pulled the popular I-didn’t-know-what-I-was-taking card.
At the time, White was so irate that Jones allowed something like this to happen for such a monumental event, particularly since Jones has brought plenty of negative attention to the UFC for his outside the cage activities over the years, that he didn’t even speak to him. While White didn’t say he’s had any communication with “Bones” since yanking him from UFC 200, White seemed upbeat and optimistic when discussing the most decorated light heavyweight champ in UFC history.
At the same time, White said, even if Jones is able to prove his innocence, the troubled 29-year-old is in no position to play victim. White reiterated that every athlete is “absolutely” responsible for what they put into their bodies.
“He definitely didn’t get a bum rap,” White said. “But it wasn’t what … the substance that he was on is a pill that you take when you’re coming down off of steroids, 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 that you put in your body leading up to the fight, and he did not.”
Jones, who is currently on temporary suspension, is expected to stand before the Nevada Athletic Commission later this year to plead his case.