Jon “Bones” Jones’ fighting career has hit yet another snag, this time just three days before the biggest card in UFC history. Last night, Jones was abruptly taken off the card and pulled out of his main event title bout against Daniel Cormier. UFC President Dana White held a press conference Wednesday night to announce that Jones failed a USADA drug test on June 16 by testing positive for a banned substance. The highly anticipated rematch between Jones and Cormier was set to main event the first UFC event in Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena. Jones can still appeal the suspension but it is unclear whether he will at this time.
“Obviously, he’s got the chance to prove himself innocent before being called guilty, but if it’s true, obviously, it’s super, super disappointing,” White said. “When you have the biggest, baddest fight card ever assembled, you know, it doesn’t sting as bad when you lose a fight. But it stings real bad for Daniel Cormier. This is devastating to him, his family, and I’d like for him to fight another guy.”
White has said that the company is still looking for an alternative for Cormier to fight, but at this point it would take a miracle to find a replacement two days before. The main event has now changed to Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt and one can only imagine the chaos of this card had Lesnar not agreed to return to UFC. Jones talked earlier this week to ESPN about turning his legacy into a positive one just days before this suspension was announced.
“I want to show the world that you can be down but never out,” Jones said. “I want to be a story where someone risked losing so much but ultimately turned everything around. A lot of times you hear these stories about athletes who ruined their career and they go away and no one knows what happened to them or they’re bankrupt or they end up in jail. They just ruined a great career. I want to be one of the few stories you hear where I was ruining things but ultimately turned things around and became a hero. That’s my vision for the way my story is going to play out.”
It seems that Jones will need a redemption story once again as this suspension could put him on the sideline for 2 years. Back in 2015, Jones had the highly publicized hit-and-run incident and positive cocaine test. While Jones was suspended by the UFC, Cormier gained the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, making this fight the biggest possible for the light-heavyweight division.
UFC 200 will take place this Saturday, in addition to Lesnar vs. Hunt; two title fights are still on the card – Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim Featherweight Title and Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes for Women’s Bantamweight Title. We’ll keep you updated on news regarding Jon Jones and UFC 200 here at STASHED.
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