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UFC 200: Jon Jones pulled from main event for anti-doping violation

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Two days before what was supposed to be touted as one of the most stacked UFC cards of all time, bad news has hit the octagon. Late Wednesday night, the UFC announced that Jon Jones has been pulled from his match against Daniel Cormier. He has been flagged for potential anti-doping policy violation as he tested positive for a banned substance back on June 16th.

Now, Mark Hunt and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will be in a three-round main event. This is, however, Jon Jones’ second time being pulled for something he did outside of the UFC world. He was pulled from his match against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 after he was involved in a hit and run incident and marijuana was found in his vehicle.

As far as his career in UFC goes is where it gets interesting. Being that this is his second violation within the UFC rules, I could see this pushing him back for a while about getting another title opportunity. I can also see him being out of UFC for a while as a form of punishment for  him violating the rules a second time. Dana White said after the news broke that Jones could possibly be suspended for two years.

Last June, UFC unveiled their new drug testing policy and many of the top UFC stars have said that it is a flawed system. One of the rules they put in was they now have year-round testing, which is something they did not have before.

Overall, I think it will be a while until we see Jon Jones back in the octagon and even longer until we finally see his match against Daniel Cormier. You can watch UFC 200 on PPV this Saturday, you just need to call your local cable provider.

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