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Jon Jones Breaks Down At Highly Emotional Press Conference After UFC 200 Removal

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)

With the world counting down the minutes to UFC 200 this weekend, a shocking announcement was made on Wednesday night regarding the main event.

Jon Jones has been officially removed from the UFC 200 card after a ‘potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample.’

The UFC’s official statement regarding the somewhat shocking news read as follows;

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.

As the world digested the earth shattering announcement and the damage it will likely do to what is perhaps the UFC’s most highly anticipated event ever, Jon Jones’ manager was quick to claim that the interim featherweight champion ‘wasn’t even close’ to doping.

Soon after, the news was announced that Jones himself would be holding a press conference regarding his removal from UFC 200 and the doping allegations that have been leveled against him.

At the conference itself, Jones effectively stated that he was there for two reasons; to apologise that this was even happening, but also to deny any and all doping accusations.

Jones stated that he has no clue what was found in one of his samples, that he has been taking the same supplements for the entirety of his career and that he is completely against performing enhancing drugs.

When asked about what’s next for the interim lightweight champion, Jones forced his manager to answer the question as he became increasingly emotional and, as the man next to him stated that he plans to take it day by day, Jones became overwhelmed and had to leave the room to gather himself.

He returned a few minutes later but continually struggled to answer any questions as emotion caused him to choke up. Asked if he had any message for Daniel Cormier, Jones paused for what seemed like an eternity as he attempted to get the words out.

When he eventually spoke, he simply stated that he was sorry. That he knew how much the fight meant to DC, and that he was truly sorry.

‘I believe that some good will come from this but right now it’s hard to see it. I’ve just got to keep going.’

Check out some of the best tweets and quotes from the conference itself below;

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.