Jon Jones Disqualified From Bout vs. Cormier; Possible Violation of Anti-Doping Policy
Jon Jones isn’t coming back.
Or at least not back for his UFC 200 match against Daniel Cormier. “Bones” Jones has been disqualified from competing in the main event of the evening due to a possible anti-doping policy violation as a result of a drug test completed on June 16. Jones faces a ban that could last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. His agent, Malki Kawa, maintains Jones’ innocence — yet had little faith in the retest they have requested. The retest was conducted on a split of the sample originally provided. The USADA confirmed the retest produced the same result as the test completed in June.
Jones’ disqualification is disappointing to the UFC organization, Jones’ fans and his team who have all believed in his comeback. This is not Bones’ first positive drug test. In the past, Jones has been found with components of cocaine in his system. A marijuana pipe was found in the vehicle Jones ditched last year during his now infamous hit and run accident. However, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has indicated the failed drug test showed a presence of a performance enhancing drug, not narcotics, in Jones’ system.
Bones maintains he has not taken any recreational drugs or performance enhances. He appeared distraught during a press conference he held shortly after learning of the results of the test. At one point he left the stage to compose himself. Jones feels being labeled as a cheater hurts more than anything he has ever been though in his career.
He is given the right to a full and fair legal review process through the organization. Jones will surely take advantage of a legal review, however there is nothing that can be done in time to keep his name on the current fight card.
The show will go on this weekend with UFC’s biggest event to date. Meisha Tate will defend her championship during the title fight and Anderson Silva has stepped in to fight Cormier. This will be Silva’s first fight since undergoing gallbladder surgery.
(Jon Jones Disqualified From Cormier Fight)