Jon “Bones” Jones has been officially removed from the main event bout at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas after an announcement came from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) claiming Jon Jones of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out of competition test on June 16.
With insufficient time for a full review before his main event bout against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, Jones was removed from the card.
UFC president Dana White called a press conference at the MGM Grand where he said, “It’s super, super disappointing, It was a brutal phone call.” White then asked current YFC Light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to meet to break the bad news. “I had a very bad feeling in the pit of my stomach,” Cormier said. “To hear something like this is very sad from a competitive and financial standpoint. I don’t know exactly to explain how I’m feeling right now. “I’m just very disappointed,” he continued. “I’ve worked really hard to prepare for this. You take care of what you can take care of and that’s what I did. More than anything, I’m really disappointed.”
The UFC released the following 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.
Ticket refunds available upon request at primary point of purchase.”
As for Jones, the legal review process will be afforded to him before sanctions, including the ability to test his B sample. Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt will be the new main event but will also still remain a 3-round bout.