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Jones pulled from 200 for anti-doping violation

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The absolute last thing the mess that is UFC 200 needed was something to happen to their hugely hyped main event rematch of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier for the unified light heavyweight championship belt. But UFC 200 has hit major road block after major road block ever since the early stages of the card being put together. Now, it lost Jones-Cormier 2 after the US Anti-Doping Agency informed Jones of a potential doping violation.

According to Brett Okamato of ESPN.com, Jones tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition sample taken on June 16 by the USADA. Jones has the right to appeal any positive test result, but Dana White announced he has been removed from the main event of UFC 200.

Moving into the main event spot will be UFC 100 headliner Brock Lesnar against Mark Hunt. Even after a five-year absence from the octagon, Lesnar is the biggest star on the UFC 200 card and with UFC rules only allowing main events or title fights to be five-round fights, moving the non-title fight between Lesnar and Hunt created another extended bout.

Even without Jones-Cormier, UFC 200 is still a loaded card with Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar fighting for the interim UFC featherweight title and Miesha Tate making her first defense of her women’s bantamweight belt against Amanda Nunes, along with Cain Velasquez fighting Travis Brown on the main card; but the card just lacks a huge draw to help make it the biggest event in UFC history.

Originally the promotion’s biggest start Conor McGregor was supposed to have a rematch against Nate Diaz after his stunning defeat at UFC 200, but disagreements on marketing and promotion time between McGregor and the UFC led to ‘The Notorious One’ being pulled from the card after announcing a very brief retirement on Twitter. Ronda Rousey has been nowhere to be found since she suffered her first defeat to Holly Holm back in November. And the UFC could not even capitalize on the new star status of Holm after she was choked unconscious by Tate in her first title defense.

The second installment of the Jones-Cormier rivalry was being built as a legacy fight as Jones was trying to complete his comeback by regaining his title belt that he never lost and only had stripped from him for his involvement in a hit-and-run just after testing positive for cocaine. Cormier has stated that he is the real champion (despite suffering a one-sided loss to Jones in their first fight against each other) but that if he could not figure out a way to beat Jones then his career may be over.

White said he would look for options to fight Cormier and Cormier said he would be open to fighting a new opponent on short notice, but only if it made sense.

The only light heavyweight that does make any sense would be Glover Teixeira. The Brazilian was supposed to fight Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in a No. 1 contender’s bought on July 23, but Johnson had to pull out of the fight for family issues. That fight has since been re-scheduled for take place at UFC 202, but with Cormier having already beaten Johnson (who is not available to fight anyway) and Alexander Gustafsson, and Ryan Bader and Ovince Saint Preux both coming off losses, Teixeira and is three-fight winning streak is the only realistic option to put him there, but that might be a very tough fight to make on such short notice for both fights, who have been preparing to fight, but have been preparing guys with significantly different fighting styles.

Another option to fill the open spot on the card could be to throw company man Donald Cerrone in a fight. He always takes fights on short notice and the card not featuring him does seem a bit odd since he is one of the most popular fighters in the sport today.

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