An emotional Interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones addressed the media at MGM Grand, the morning after his removal from Saturday’s UFC 200 main event against Daniel Cormier due to a potential anti-doping violation.
“I want to start by apologizing to all the fans who came out to support me for UFC 200, the UFC and the Fertittas for not being able to perform, all the staff of UFC, and I want to apologize to Daniel Cormier,” he said. “The fight meant a lot to him and a lot to me, and I want to apologize sincerely. I’m really sorry about this happening.
“The whole situation really sucks, it really hurts a lot,” Jones continued. “I have no clue what it is. I’ve been taking the same supplements the majority of my career. I’m extremely against performance enhancers, and the whole thing sucks because being labeled as someone who cheats hurts me more than anything else.”
“My attitude is just to continue to fight,” he said. “I’ll just try to be optimistic and positive about the situation and just figure out what good can come from this in my personal life. I’ve put in a lot of work to get back to this point and I feel like I have to re-climb a ladder.”
“If I do have to sit out for two years, I’ll definitely be back,” Jones said. “I’m optimistic. At the end of the day, I’m a fighter, and even though I’m breaking down here, I’m not broken. I’m just really upset. I’ve been through a lot to get to this point, so I’m not going to let this slow me down.”
“I would never take anything that would enhance my game,” Jones added. “I wouldn’t cheat.”