In case you somehow missed it, Jon Jones has been pulled out of the UFC 200 main event fight due to a potential anti-doping violation by USADA. It throws the UFC into disarray, possibly ruins the buyrate of the card and could even end up being a probation violation for Jones, if it is discovered he was using an illegal substance.
The hardest hit from the incident, however, is Daniel Cormier.
After making it through an agonizing weight cut, investing a massive amount of time and energy into preparing for the fight and dealing with the dozens, maybe even hundreds, of media obligations along the way, Cormier doesn’t have an opponent for UFC 200. Worse…if he doesn’t fight, he will lose out on the biggest paycheck of his entire competitive career.
For all that, Jon Jones has one thing to say. He’s sorry. He’s really, really sorry.
Here are the quotes:
“I want to first start by apologizing to all of the fans who came out and supported me for UFC 200, and obviously the UFC and the Fertittas for not being able to perform. I know they spent a lot to promote this event. Daniel Cormier, I want to apologize to Daniel Cormier. I know that this fight means a lot to him. The fight means a lot to me and the fight is not happening. So I just want to apologize everyone sincerely…I just want to tell [Daniel Cormier] I’m sorry. I know this fight meant a lot to him.”
Unfortunately, no details were released on what Jones tested positive for, what comes next, what sort of punishment he may be looking at or what will happen to Daniel Cormier. Obviously, Fight State will continue to give you updates about what’s going on as news breaks.
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