Interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been pulled from his title unification bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday due to a possible doping violation.
Jones was informed of the breach by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, and UFC president Dana White confirmed that Jones had been removed from the card at a late-night press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, said that the breach occurred on June 16.
Novitzky explained that there was no time to do a full investigation into the violation before this weekend’s event, and as such Jones had to be removed from the UFC 200 card.
He stressed that Jones has the right to contest the test and have his ‘B’ sample tested.
“It is important to note that under the UFC anti-doping policy, there’s a full, fair legal-review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed,” Novitzky said.
The heavyweight fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will now be the headline fight at UFC 200.