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Morning Report: Jon Jones: 'I'm expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon'

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones released a video on his Instagram account saying that he has received "good news" and the he expects to be returning to fighting "soon."

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Jon Jones may not be gone long after all.

As everyone remembers, Jones threw UFC 200 into chaos when he was pulled from the event just days before due to failing an out of competition drug test. Jones tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor, during a June 16 out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA. The Nevada Athletic Commission issued him a temporary suspension pending a full hearing. The general consensus so far has been that at the hearing Jones will receive the standard two year suspension for a drug test failure.

However, that might not be the case. Jones took to his Instagram account (which is private) to post a video Sunday updating his fans on the current situation, and he seems to think it won't be two years at all.

"How's it going Bones Jones supporters? If there are any of you guys still out there. Just wanted to take a few seconds to say hello to you all and give you a little update on how I've been doing. I've been doing really good; been training, spending time with family, attacking some of these legal issues that I've gotten myself into, trying really to just leave that all behind once and for all.

"I'm sure you guys are curious about what's going on with this USADA situation. 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.

"Thank you guys for your continued support. I love you guys and I hope you are spending this Sunday with people that you love. Be good and I hope to see you guys really soon."

Though the video is short on specifics, Jones' belief that he will be returning to sanctioned action soon would seem to suggest that he and his team have found a plausible explanation for his drug test failure, which could lessen his suspension. Both Tim Means and Yoel Romero were able to reduce their USADA suspensions to only six months after proving their failed tests were the result of tainted supplements; perhaps Jones can do the same.

It should be noted that what Jones expects isn't guaranteed to be what happens. The "good news" Jones has received may not be viewed as substantial enough to exonerate him. And even if USADA is persuaded by Jones, he still won't be out of the woods yet. Regardless of USADA's determination, Jones still must appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission, and even if USADA only gives Jones a six-month suspension, the NAC can still give him a two-year suspension.

If, despite Jones' optimism, he does receive the full two-year suspension, he will still only be 31 years old when he returns - plenty young enough to pick up where he left off as champion. He will however, likely lose anticipated fights with Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson who have both expressed the desire to preserve their health and retire before too long. But if Jones' "good news" is as good as he suggests, maybe we'll see him fighting again in early 2017.

We can only hope.

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Thanks for the love and great show tonite @georgelopez in Las Vegas #represent #cali #ftp #georgelopez #ufc202 #100

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2004: Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera fought in the finals of the Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix at Pride Final Conflict 2004. The bout was a No Contest resulting from large cut over Emelianenko's right eye caused by a clash of heads. Elsewhere that evening, Mirko Cro Cop knocked out Aleksander Emelianenko with a head kick and Wanderlei Silva stomped out Yuki Kondo.

2009: Cris Cyborg knocked out Gina Carano to become the inaugural Strikeforce Women's 145 lb champion atStrikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Also on the card, Gegard Mousasi knocked out Renato Sobral to become the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and Gilbert Melendez defended his Strikeforce lightweight title, stopping Mitsuhiro Ishida with punches.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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And here we are everybody, the biggest fight week of the year. Or at least that is what we all sort of thought it would be. Honestly, the buzz for this card seems very low considering it's a Conor McGregor show. If this event does under-perform, I wonder if it speaks to McGregor's loss having hurt his drawing power or if it's just event exhaustion with the UFC trotting out roughly 86 cards over the last two months?

Anyway, happy Monday everyone. Do big and wonderful things today and I'll see you tomorrow.

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