The UFC rolled into its biggest fight week of the year firing on all cylinders. On Wednesday night, they blew a piston.
Interim UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC 200 main eventer Jon Jones was pulled from the biggest fight card of the year due to a potential anti-doping violation. The potential violation stems from a June 16 out-of-competition sample collection. The specific substance involved in the possible violation hasn’t been revealed.
At this point, the process has yet to fully play out, as Jones has the right to challenge the result and have a second sample tested to verify or contradict the original sample’s result. That, however, takes time, and won’t come to a conclusion soon enough to save his fight with Daniel Cormier.
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As such, UFC president Dana White immediately announced that the UFC 200 co-main event, a three-round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt, has been elevated to headlining status.
White said he had yet to speak with Jones or his manager, Malki Kawa, as the news was too fresh. The UFC quickly called a press conference to announce the news before speaking to Jones.
“The way that this process works is the Nevada State Athletic Commission is old first, then we are told, and then they notify the fighters,” said White at the press conference. “Obviously, he’s got the chance to prove himself innocent before being called guilty, but if it’s true, obviously, it’s super, super disappointing.”
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