BONES – Jon Jones is off UFC 200. In a stunning turn of events, the interim light heavyweight champion was pulled from the main event of UFC 200 late Wednesday night after being flagged in a random June 16 drug test administered by USADA. In Jones’ stead, a three-round fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will headline an event that was previously being touted as the biggest in UFC history.
There’s really no other way to react to this situation other than to say that it sucks. It sucks for diehard UFC fans who were ready for “the biggest event in UFC history”. It sucks for casual fans like myself who were tuning in to see a fight between two guys who legitimately seem to dislike each other. It sucks for Dana White. It sucks for all the fighters who didn’t get a chance to be on this card because Jones was. The list of why it sucks goes on and on. I respect the UFC and their fighters, but it boggles my mind that the main event for the biggest event in company history can be dismantled like this three days before the fight. I’m all for drug testing guys as stringently as possible, but isn’t there a way to be notified before July 6 that a guy failed a drug test on June 16th? I’m not familiar with the drug testing procedure in MMA, but this is a total kick to the balls for the UFC, and it’s doubly as bad when you remember Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were also supposed to be on the card. Thank God for Brock Lesnar, because without his fight against Mark Hunt, I really don’t know what the drawing power for this event would be.