Jon Jones will not fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday. UFC Interim light heavyweight champion Jones was pulled from the fight due to a potential doping violation.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency informed Jones of the potential violation as a result of a sample collected on June 16, 2016. UFC President Dana White held a press conference to announce the news.
Jones will get a full legal review process, including having his B sample tested, however, there won’t be enough time to complete the review before Saturday’s fight. Jones has never tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs but did fail a drug test for benzoylecgonine, a primary metabolite of cocaine, in December of 2014, prior to his fight against Cormier at UFC 182. However, it was an out of competition test and benzoylecgonine was not banned by the World Anti Doping Agency.
Brock Lesnar will have even more pressure on him as he’ll now headline against Mark Hunt as the main event of UFC 200. UFC issued this statement:
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.
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