Update: The UFC has released a statement regarding Jon Jones violation of the Anti-Doping Policy.
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.
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Original: The redemption of Jon Jones hit another roadblock earlier this evening as the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) has found that Jones violated the Anti-Doping Policy after the results of an out competition drug test conducted on June 16th came back positive per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. While Jones will be able to appeal the USADA findings there will not be sufficient time to review the case and allow him to fight on July 9th thus forcing the UFC to remove him from the card and promote Brock Lesnar v. Mark Hunt to the main event slot. While the match-up between the heavyweights will close out the card it will remain a three-round contest.
While Hunt v. Lesnar is a credible main event this is a huge blow to the card. There is still a chance a fighter will step in and fight Cormier but the narrative that UFC cultivated for this rematch has been destroyed as a result of Jones violation. Who would you like to see step in and challenge Cormier? Do you feel Cormier should be off the card and saved for another event? Let’s hear the comments.