On Wednesday night, the news was confirmed that Jon Jones was removed from the UFC 200 card after allegedly testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
In the hours that followed, the sporting media attempted to wrap their heads around the gravity of the news for the event in question, and the two men involved.
Jon Jones held a press conference in which he pleaded innocence while struggling to keep hold of his emotions while Daniel Cormier was left contemplating a huge financial loss and a wasted, grueling training camp.
However, late on Thursday night, the news was confirmed that the UFC had found a late late replacement and that MMA legend Anderson Silva will step in to face Cormier this Saturday.
The news has been welcomed by fans and media alike and, soon after the news was announced, DC himself released a statement to MMA Fighting.
Check out DC’s short statement in full below;
“I am honored to share the Octagon with the one of the greatest fighters of all time,” Cormier said in a statement to MMA Fighting. “This is a very tough fight for me, and I have to fight smart and to do my best in order to win this fight. Thank you Anderson for stepping up, and thanks to Dana White and the UFC for making this happen. Now let’s go do this.”
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