SAT. JULY 9, 2016
Los Angeles, California.
In a stunning turn of events, Jon Jones is out of the main event of Saturday's UFC 200.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion, who was scheduled to meet current champion Daniel Cormier in the main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was pulled Wednesday night due to a potential violation in a USADA drug test administered on June 16.
As a result, the scheduled co-main between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt has been promoted to a three-round main event fight.
In a hastily arranged Las Vegas press conference, UFC president Dana White indicated that a new opponent for Cormier hasn't been ruled out.
"Maybe someone will pop up and fight Cormier at the last minute," White said. "Stranger things have happened."
UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky noted in a statement that Jones has yet been declared guilty of the allegations, but, given the proximity of the company receiving the results and the fight itself, there wasn't time to conduct a review, thus necessitating the fight cancelation.
"The UFC was notified tonight that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed Jon Jones of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16, 2016," Novitzky said. "USADA, an independent administrator of the anti-doping policy, will handle results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full, fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. However, because Jones was scheduled to fight Cormier this coming Saturday, July 9 in Vegas, there is insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout, and therefore the bout has been removed from the fight card. White, who was eating dinner at Mandalay Bay when he got the news, said he does not know for which substance Jones allegedly popped, and that he had not yet spoken to Jones or any of his representatives.
"I don't know," White said. "Obviously, he has the chance to prove himself innocent before being called guilty. But if it's true, super disappointing."
White expressed sympathy for Cormier, who could end up without an opponent after a tough training camp.
"This is devastating for Daniel Cormier," White said. "Not only mentally and physically, he just went through a camp, and financially, this pay-per-view is trending to be massive, and he shares in that revenue. He's devastated."
Despite losing a main event of this magnitude, White say he stands by the UFC's decision to stick with the implement USADA's independent drug testing program.
"No, this is the way it should be," White said. "We have the best program in all of sports and this is how it should be."
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Brock Lesnar returned to the Octagon in a big way last night (Sat., July 9, 2016) by dominating Mark Hunt en route to a three-round unanimous decision win over "Super Samoan" in the co-main event of UFC 200.
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nune
For Amanda Nunes, winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight title by viciously choking out Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 last night For Amanda Nunes, winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight title by viciously choking out Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 last night (Sat., July 9, 2016) was the biggest moment of her mixed martial arts (MMA) career.was the biggest moment of her mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
Aldo vs. Edgar II was by no means a thriller. It was a back-and-forth technical fight, where neither guy was able to land many significant strikes. Other than not using as much pressure as he did during his undisputed title reign, Aldo looked like his normal self again -- something I did not expect to see. I had truly believed the loss to McGregor changed the Brazilian forever but, if anything, it made him a better fighter. Aldo unexpectedly rebounding from the devastating knockout loss with a five-round interim title win was the highlight of this fight.
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Cain Velasquez def. Travis Browne via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of R1. Last night, Cain Velasquez dominated in his first fight back since losing the strap. At this point, it’s pretty clear that Browne is not a title contender. He’s faltered each opportunity to step up, and there hasn’t been much development to his game. Unless Browne makes major changes, he’s not likely to fight for the title.
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
The judges ultimately scored it 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, giving Pena a unanimous decision victory. Pena climbs to 8-2 while Zingano loses two in a row with a record of 9-2. Zingano would strike first, scoring a body lock takedown into side control, but Pena was undeterred, getting to her base and pressuring Zingano into the fence. This would happen again, although Pena ate a few strikes on the way up. With two minutes expired, Pena scored her own takedown with Zingano working from side control. Pena would sit for a guillotine as Zingano went to her base, but slipped off, allowing "Alpha" to move on top in Pena's half butterfly guard.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.