Back when UFC 200 was first announced the headliner was supposed to be a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. But then McGregor and the UFC brass had beef over media obligations and McGregor was promptly pulled from the card.
But as the mixed martial arts gods would have it, right after the Jon Jones won the interim UFC light heavyweight belt in his return from his suspension in UFC 197, the rematch of Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fell right in the lap of Dana White and the UFC to replace the falling out of the McGregor/Diaz rematch. (You can see my post on that right here)
It seemed like everything was going smoothly and the much anticipated rematch of Jones and Cormier, which was years in the making since the two other rematches had to be postponed due to Jones’ suspension and Cormier’s injury, was finally going to happen. But then this bomb was dropped on the MMA world late last night.
ESPN – LAS VEGAS — Interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been pulled from his title-unification bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday, after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency informed Jones of a potential doping violation Wednesday.
UFC president Dana White announced the move Wednesday during an impromptu news conference at the MGM Grand.
Jones tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition sample taken June 16 by USADA, said Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance. USADA administers UFC’s anti-drug policy.
This is a huge blow to UFC 200. I guess it’s a good thing that the UFC was able to look up Brock Lesnar for this card because now he will be the headliner, which almost seems fitting since he was the headliner for the epic UFC 100 event.