UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has been removed from Saturday’s UFC 200 card after a possible anti-doping violation.
The violation was discovered by the USADA in a test conducted June 16.
Jones had been scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier in a co-main event bout to crown and undisputed light heavyweight champion.
For Cormier, the news was a kick to the gut as he will lose out on possibly the biggest payday of his splendid career.
“I prepped for UFC 200, this is the big one. and it means everything to me,” Cormier said at an impromptu press conference Wednesday night. “This one stings, this is not easy to deal with. This chapter in my life has been dragging on me and it’s making me ugly. I need to move on.”
As of right now Cormier’s status for UFC 200 is up in the air as he might get pulled of the card completely, fight at heavyweight or defend the light heavyweight championship against an opponent on short notice. While the UFC scrambles to find Cormier another opponent one thing is for certain, it’s anybody’s guess when the next time we will see Jones grace the Octagon.
Under the UFC’s anti-doping program, which is administered by USADA and went into effect last July, a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug carries a standard 2-year suspension. Jones has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but did test positive for traces of cocaine prior to a fight against Cormier in January 2015.
He has the right to appeal any positive test.
At any rate, it’s a sad day if you are a true fan of greatness because love him or hate him, Jon Jones was on track to go down as the great mixed martial artist ever.
Now he has a chance to go down as one of the dumbest athletes in any sport of all-time.