Friday 26 May 2017

MMA star Jon Jones pulled from UFC 200 card for potential doping violation

Jon Jones crouches in his corner before facing Ovince Saint Preux in their interim UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Jon Jones crouches in his corner before facing Ovince Saint Preux in their interim UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The biggest event in UFC history has been dealt a major blow with the news that Jon Jones' eagerly anticipated main event against Daniel Cormier has been cancelled due to a possible doping violation by the former.

According to USADA, Jones tested positive for a banned substance in an out of competition test taken on June 16. UFC President Dana White announced the news in a press conference late last night.

UFC protocol following a positive test is to have a full investigation before pulling a fighter but since the event is due to take place this weekend, the fight had to be removed from the card before a review can take place.

Brock Lesnar's return fight against Mark Hunt will now be the UFC 200 main event. Jones' contest is the second marquee bout to be removed from the flagship event after Conor McGregor's rematch with Nate Diaz was axed following a disagreement between UFC boss White and the Dubliner.

This isn't the first time that Jones has courted controversy in his MMA career. Previously he served a ban between April and October 2015 after his involvement in a hit and run incident.

White said he would like to find a new opponent for Cormier but that it will be difficult to do so because of the timing of the event.

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