The MMA world has been rocked today by the news that Jon Jones has been removed from UFC 200 after he was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation by USADA.

A such, just days before what’s been billed as the biggest event in UFC history, the historic show’s headliner between Jones and Daniel Cormier has been scrapped, with a three-round fight between Brock Lesnar Vs Mark Hunt now set as the main event of the evening.

Meanwhile, the UFC are rushing to try to get the devastated light-heavyweight champion Cormier a new opponent, though at this late stage that’s likely to be a tall order.

As for Jones, at this stage it’s not known what he’s tested positive for, but it was believed to be an out-of-competition test administered on the 16th of June.

Jones is set to make a statement on Thursday morning, but it’s hard to imagine anything he’ll say will make things any better at this stage.

While it’s a crushing disappointment that Cormier Vs Jones II won’t headline UFC 200, the bigger picture here is even more depressing, as essentially we’re witnessing the self-destruction of potentially the greatest fighter in the history of the sport.

At 28 years old, Jones should be in his prime right now and cementing his place as a legend of the sport, but instead he wasted much of the last 18 months dealing with the consequences of his out-of-control lifestyle, and he’s now potentially facing another least two years on the sidelines.

What a mess!

Read the UFC’s full statement on Jones anti-doping violation below.

“The UFC organization was notified tonight that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

However, because Jones was scheduled to compete against Daniel Cormier this coming Saturday, July 9 in Las Vegas, there is insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout and therefore the fight has been removed from the fight card. As a result, the three-round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will become the UFC 200 main event.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Ticket refunds available upon request at primary point of purchase.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. Im so upset. Just watched the press conference on your other link. To think dana wont pay Daniel Cormier is even more upsetting after all the emotion, stress, and preparation involved for him. This wasnt just another fight for him. Shit, somehow i even feel i should be paid for how upset i am!

  2. Don’t worry, Cormier is now fighting Anderson Silva, so he’ll still get paid!

    What a crazy couple of days it’s been though. I can barely keep up!

  3. Dude…I don’t know how you can. I have a headache from just watching so many fights. For the first time I am glad there are no more fights to watch. I am kinda burnt out from all of this so I cannot imagine how you feel. Anyway, now I gotta read all your work.
    Great job in advance.

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