The UFC has been forced to issue yet another generic statement regarding one of its fighter “potentially” flunking a drug test. The only difference this time is that the fallout will directly affect the featured attraction of the biggest UFC event in history.
Thanks, Jon Jones (pictured). Thanks…
Some information regarding UFC 200 was revealed, however. As expected, Saturday’s new main event between former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt, which was originally slated as the co-main contest, will be a three round affair.
More importantly, for fans who purchased tickets to UFC 200 that feel ripped off, you can request a refund from the primary point of purchase. However, since you already shelled out money for your flight and hotel stay, might as well go all-in. You are in Vegas, after all.
Following each of Jones’ previous setbacks, which include a DUI arrest, positive cocaine test and hit-and-run arrest, he’s claimed to have learned his lesson. It will be interesting to see what the troubled 28-year-old will say when whatever substance(s) he used comes to light.
The UFC is hoping to find Cormier a last-second replacement in order to keep for light heavyweight champion in the lineup.
UFC 200 goes down Saturday inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the UFC’s official statement regarding Jones’ predicament:
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.