Jon Jones Out Of UFC 200 Over Potential Anti-Doping Violation
Fox Sports – The UFC 200 main event has taken a major hit just three days from the landmark event.
Jon Jones was flagged for a potential anti-doping policy violation and pulled from his light-heavyweight championship fight against Daniel Cormier on Saturday night.
“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,” UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky announced Wednesday. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note under the UFC anti-doping policy there’s 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’s insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout and therefore the fight has been removed from the fight card.”
This sucks for Daniel Cormier, this sucks for UFC fight fans and this sucks for friends and family of Jon Jones. Everybody gets the right to due process (unless you are Tom Brady) so until we find out exactly what happened I will hold back my judgment on ‘Bones’. The UFC is lucky Brock Lesnar came back because if this happened on a card without him this would have been an epic failure. Don’t get me wrong, this card is very strong without Brock but he puts butts in the seat and viewers on the television. If it turns out Jones did cheat, eff him and eff the horse he rode in on. Remember – You can’t spell Pedialyte without PED.