UFC 200 Shocker: Jon Jones Booted For Doping Violation
UFC 200 was looking to be one of the most intense UFC events ever. The stage was set for a nasty string of fights, beginning with the return of Brock Lesnar and including a title defense for Miesha Tate.
Cain Velasquez is also slated to fight, while Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will also go toe to toe in a heated title fight. Jon Jones was supposed to be part of that in what was one of the most anticipated UFC 200 fights – a rematch with Daniel Cormier.
It’s no longer happening.
In a shocking development, Jon Jones has been stripped from the UFC 200 fight card due to a suspected doping violation.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 7, 2016
Dana White made the announcement late Wednesday night, stating that Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt would take over as the UFC 200 main event and that Jon Jones would be facing a suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.
Whether Jones is guilty or not doesn’t change the obvious: this is a shocking development just days ahead of a massive UFC event and he will no longer be a part of it.
The landscape for UFC 200 has shifted dramatically, but no Jones doesn’t necessarily kill the fight for Cormier.
Cormier was prepared to defend his title against the only fighter that had ever beaten him professionally in the Octagon, and he claims he’s still ready to take on a new fighter if one should emerge before Saturday.
Jones getting yanked is a major bummer for UFC fans. He was arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter and the #1 ranked UFC fighter by many. Doping allegations could tarnish his impressive legacy to a point, while he could also face suspension.
For now, the UFC scrambles to find Cormier a suitable replacement, while they acknowledge that Jones was a big part of making a Jones vs. Cormier fight an epic happening.
Dana White announces that Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt is now the sole main event at UFC 200. pic.twitter.com/XxdUU5FRba
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 7, 2016
Lesnar was already a huge piece of the pie in his surprise return, and he’ll take over and run the show in his first fight in five years.
Lesnar may need a dominant showing and a win over Hunt to save this card, but there are still three other huge fights slated for June 9th that die hard UFC fans should appreciate.
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