The UFC community were left stunned on Wednesday after it was announced that Jon Jones had been pulled from UFC 200 on Saturday due to a possible doping violation.
Jones, the interim light heavyweight champion, was supposed to face reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a title unification bout.
No doubt that this was a highly-anticipated fight, especially given how the pair got into a verbal spat and had to be separated during their face-off on Wednesday.
With Mark Hunt’s bout with Brock Lesnar having been promoted to the main event, the UFC world was ablaze as they reacted to the shocking news about Jones’ possible doping violation.
This is craziness. Don't even know what to say. #UFC200
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) July 7, 2016
@dc_mma you is the true champiom…
— Antonio Pezao Silva (@BigfootSilva) July 7, 2016
Flying to Vegas and my jaw dropped once I got WiFi…
Speechless is all I can say!
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) July 7, 2016
Sad day for MMA ?
— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) July 7, 2016
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) July 7, 2016
While most fighters were shocked and surprised by the news regarding Jones, some of them, like UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Roy Nelson, asked to step in as Jones’ replacement.
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) July 7, 2016
2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days…… Hmmm middle vs light heavy???? I stand by my words. I'd do it!
— michael (@bisping) July 7, 2016