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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones hints at April 23 return date

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Jon Jones is getting both his body and his troll game back into top form.

The sport's best pound-for-pound fighter posted a photo to Instagram on Tuesday showing off a ripped physique and hinting at a return to the Octagon.

"Off season 2013 vs. Off season 2015. Five more months to prepare for this win. I'll be sure to be at my best April 23 #NewLevels," Jones wrote.

As he often does on social media, Jones then deleted the post.

April 23, of course, is no random point on the calendar. The UFC has a hold on New York City's Madison Square Garden on that date, subject to the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York state.

Jones has not fought since Jan. 3, when he defeated Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas at UFC 182. Jones was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title and suspended following a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, N.M., and was reinstated after receiving probation. Cormier won the vacant title against Anthony Johnson in May.


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