Jon Jones can kiss his UFC fighting career goodbye, at least for now. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency informed Jones of a potential doping violation on Wednesday, which resulted in him being pulled from his title-unification fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday.
Jon Jones has been pulled from the UFC 200 Card due to a possible doping violation.
UFC president Dana White made a shocking announcement at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to ESPN. The sports publication reports that Jon Jones tested positive for a banned substance during an out-of-competition test that was taken on June 16 by USADA.
Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance confirmed the results to ESPN. White also stated that he has not talked to Jon about the news. He’s also not sure if a performance-enhancing drug was the substance that was found.
Novitzky admitted that due to the timing of the doping test, there’s wasn’t a “full review before the scheduled bout.” He added, “It’s important to note that 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.” This means Jon Jones has the right to appeal any positive test.
ESPN points out that Jones has never tested positive for any performance enhancing drugs, but he has tested positive in the past for traces of cocaine. Ironically it was before a fight against Cormier in January 2015. According to the new new UFC anti-doping program, a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug means Jones could have a standard two-year suspension.
“When you have the biggest, baddest fight card ever assembled, you know, it doesn’t sting as bad when you lose a fight,” White stated. “But it stings real bad for Daniel Cormier.This is devestating to him, his family, and I’d like for him to fight another guy.”
Because of the timing, White admits that it would be extremely difficult to find the defending light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, a new opponent by Saturday. ESPN reports a heavyweight fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will now headline UFC 200.