Jon Jones was pulled from UFC 200 for a potential doping violation. Daniel Cormier is expected to remain on the card. USADA has spoken. It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for the Ultimate Fighting Championship ahead of the biggest fight card in the company’s history.
On Thursday morning, Jon Jones addressed the media to discuss his removal from UFC 200 and shortly after USADA, the governing body who flagged Jones for a potential violation, has responded.
USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden issued a statement to Flo Combat regarding the situation.
“Given that Mr. Jones has spoken publicly about the issue, I can confirm that he has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test on June 16. Mr. Jones’ B-sample is currently being analyzed by the independent WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we have requested that the laboratory report those results to us as soon as possible. While at this time we are not going to provide any further specifics of the case, I can tell you that Mr. Jones will be provided full due process under the rules,” Jones said.
“I can also confirm that USADA has been in communication with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding Mr. Jones’ potential violation and that we are working to ensure that the Commission has the necessary information to fully adjudicate this matter in accordance with its rules.”
While we wait for further details in the matter, Jones is having his “B” test evaluated.
It will be interesting to see what substances Jones was flagged for, but if UFC president Dana White’s comments to Colin Cowherd earlier in the day are any indication, Jones tested positive for two items on the banned list.
Jones will face a two-year suspension if his failed drug test is confirmed.
UFC 200 will still take place as planned on Saturday, July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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