Jon Jones will not fight at UFC 200 on Saturday, this after being flagged for an anti-doping violation by USADA. Jones, 28, was slated to fight Daniel Cormier in the sport’s milestone event but could instead face a two-year suspension.
Dana White’s response?
“I would say disbelief,” the UFC president said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Disbelief. I’m absolutely blown away. I did The Jim Rome Show (earlier this week) and was saying it seems like this guy has really got it together, (and) as weird as it sounds, this thing that happened to him might be the best thing that ever happened to him (because) he seems like a completely different person – yada, yada, yada. We’ll see how this thing plays out, (but) I don’t think that Jon Jones took anything (or) meant to take anything performance-enhancing or anything like that. It’s just a case of Jon Jones being completely irresponsible. Every time you take supplements, you have to submit the supplements to USADA. You have to tell them what you’re taking.”
It’s difficult to give Jones the benefit of the doubt. He has tested positive for marijuana and cocaine and was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Jones held a press conference Thursday and denied that he knowingly took any substance that would give him a competitive advantage against Cormier.
White didn’t see the point.
“Listen, he’s a grown man,” White said. “He can do whatever he wants to do. But I was absolutely opposed to the press conference. The sample hasn’t been tested, he doesn’t really know what’s going on – what’s the point of a press conference? Get the facts. Get all the facts together, check the sample, find out why this is in your body, then hold a press conference. Obviously we had to have a press conference because there’s a fight on Saturday night. Jon Jones didn’t need a press conference. Jon Jones doesn’t know anything. All he knows is he’s not fighting Saturday and something came back in his USADA test. What’s the point of a press conference? There are no facts.”
Cormier (17-1) will remain on the UFC 200 card and face former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-7) in a non-title bout.