Jon Jones off UFC 200

Jon Jones off UFC 200

By Edward Carbajal

Photo: Edward Carbajal/Frontproof Media

Photo: Edward Carbajal/Frontproof Media

One of the greatest cards in MMA has lost its main event. Dana White announced Wednesday evening that the main event of UFC 200 is off due to Jon Jones notification of an anti-doping violation. The new main event for UFC 200 will be Brock Lesnar versus Mark Hunt in a three round bout.

The following is the full statement from the UFC on Jon Jones:

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.
— UFC.com

As stacked as the card is, it is still a worthy pay-per view to some. Do you agree?

 

Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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