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Jon Jones Dropped From UFC 200 Card

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones waits in a timeout as he defends his title against Daniel Cormier during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Jon Jones has been dropped from the card of UFC 200, the promotion have confirmed overnight.

An official statement has announced that he has been involved in a violation of the anti-doping laws.

“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.

“Ticket refunds available upon request at primary point of purchase.”

Speaking about the news, Dana White could not hide his disappointment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRgav4Ak8fA

Video via Fancy MMA.

There is no word at present whether the UFC will find a replacement to fight Daniel Cormier, but at such short notice, this is unlikely.

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Author: The PA Team

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