Late Wednesday night, news surfaced that interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 headliner after being flagged for a potential USADA voilation.
As a result, his title unification bout with Daniel Cormier is now off of the biggest fight card in UFC history, while Jones was left holding an impromptu press conference at MGM Grand to face the media in the midst of the shocking news.
At one point in the press conference, an overly emotional Jones walked off of the stage to re-gather himself.
Jones eventually returned to the stage, but never mentioned the substance that flagged a potential USADA violation and he went on to deny ever taking the substance or knowing it was on the banned list.
In the meantime, Jones “B” sample will be tested later today.
UFC International Fight Week, meanwhile, must go on with UFC Fight Night 90: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez taking place tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
You can watch Jon Jones’ entire press conference below:
With Jon Jones’ removal from the card, UFC 200 will now move forward with Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt as the main event. UFC 200 takes place Saturday, July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.