Jon Jones removed from UFC 200 card
Published on Thursday, 7/7/16, at 1:11 p.m. Eastern.
Due to popping dirty for a banned substance in a June 16 out-of-competition drug test, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has been yanked from the UFC 200 main event against Daniel Cormier to unify the light-heavyweight championship.
The three-round heavyweight scrap between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt has been elevated to the headliner.
For all the details, you can check out my report posted to VegasInsider.com early this morning.
As I sit at the Atlanta airport waiting for my connection flight to Las Vegas to attend UFC Fight Night 90 tonight, Jones just completed a press conference in Las Vegas. He became so emotional at one point that he had to leave the dais for a few minutes.
When speaking after his return, Jones became emotional again. He apologized to Cormier, his fans, the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.
Jones could be looking at a two-year suspension from the UFC if his appeal doesn’t work out. Of much greater concern, if the banned substance is illegal, Jones could be looking at a violation of his probation terms stemming from his felony hit-and-run incident last year in which he was fortunate to avoid jail time.
At the presser, his team indicated that this would not impact his probation/freedom.
The UFC is still actively seeking a replacement for Jones to fight Cormier on Saturday night.
For my picks on tonight’s card, you can check out my preview at VI.