Fans who have been eagerly anticipating the rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 will be disappointed to know that the match has been called off.
The title unification match between interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and the current champion Daniel Cormier has been scrapped, after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found a banned substance in Jones’ sample taken on June 16th.
This development comes just three days before UFC 200, the most stacked fight card from the mixed martial arts promotion.
While Jones is known for being one of the very best fighters around and the youngest to have become UFC champion, he’s also been associated with a string of troubles outside the cage.
He got into a scuffle with Cormier at a press event prior to their first match and tested positive for cocaine right before the fight.
Post-fight, Jones would get involved in a hit-and-run accident and be stripped of his light heavyweight title as well as serve a suspension from April to October 2015.
Jones’ recent return to fighting earned him the interim title, which left fans looking forward to the rematch between him and Cormier, where the undisputed champion would be crowned.
Alas, things have not gone according to plan, and Jones could face further sanctions, such as a two-year suspension, if it’s been confirmed that he’s violated UFC’s anti-doping policy.
The UFC has promptly cancelled the fight, pushing the heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt to main event status.
It hasn’t taken long for memes to appear, and fellow fighters have also sounded off on the situation:
Dirty fighters better check under their beds because @usantidoping gonna get you
— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) July 7, 2016
— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) July 7, 2016
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) July 7, 2016
While Cormier is open to the idea of a new opponent, this seems unlikely, given that the match is just three days away – hardly enough time for any fighter to get ready.
UFC 200 is happening on July 9th, 10pm ET/10am GMT+8.
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