Jones said he is against using performance-enhancing drugs and has taken mostly the same supplements throughout his entire MMA career.
Speaking next to White, Cormier added: “I’ve trained hard and long”.
UFC star and Southern Tier native Jon “Bones” Jones will not participate in his highly anticipated fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 this weekend after a possible failed drug test.
According to Jones, he has no clue what was found in one of his drug-test samples that led to his being removed from UFC 200. He had been training to face Jones, and was set to benefit financially from it as well.
“This situation really sucks”, said Jones”. Whatever it is, I can’t even pronounce it, I’ve never even heard of it.
“You can say whatever you want about Jon over the years”, Kawa said.
“These type of things are going to happen”.
Another sample taken at the time, or a B sample, will be tested Thursday.
In place of the Jones versus Cormier clash, Australian Mark Hunt’s heavyweight bout against Brock Lesnar will now take top spot on the UFC 200 card.
Jones cried openly when asked what he would say to Cormier, his longtime rival and frequent verbal sparring partner.
UFC boss Dana White said the headline fight for the promotion’s most-hyped event has been cancelled. “It hurts a lot”.
It’s totally unprofessional of anybody of this caliber to do something like that. He is 22-1 in his career. “While at this time we are not going to provide any further specifics of the case, I can tell you that Mr. Jones will be provided full due process under the rules”, Jones said. “The fight meant a lot to me”.
Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, stated that his client has been tested eight times since December, with only the June 16 test coming back with an issue.
He was reinstated by UFC in October, and a rematch with Cormier was scheduled for April 23, 2016, at UFC 197, but Cormier had to withdraw because of a foot injury.
Jon Jones is out of UFC 200. However, he insists that he will return to the sport.