In breaking news, Jon Jones just ruined everything. Jones is officially off the UFC 200 fight card after potential doping violation, pushing the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt fight to the sole main event spot and leaving light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier with no opponent.
In all honesty, this is horrible. Plain and simple. Dana White took the words right out of my mouth when he announced the violation and said, “This sucks. This is unfortunate.” It takes any wind out of the UFC’s sails, and will definitely tarnish what was supposed to go down as the best UFC event of all-time. Because of this, there’s a good chance I don’t even buy this pay-per-view.
This failed drug test doesn’t just hurt Jon Jones and his career. It hurts Daniel Cormier, who has been training for this endlessly and looking to avenge the biggest loss of his career. It hurts Dana White, who put all his eggs in this basket after Conor McGregor got kicked off the card. It hurts the UFC, both financially and publicly, and forces them to try and pull something out from nowhere. At the time I’m writing this, Cormier doesn’t have a new opponent for the PPV, and may not make his huge paycheck that he had been working for during these last few months.
I thought things had changed once Jones came back and beat Ovince Saint Preaux, and showed that he was here to stay. It looked like the UFC was going back to the good ol’ days, and it didn’t need to rely on Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey and all of their hype. This will likely end Jones’ career, due to what will likely be a two-year suspension from this violation. It may not seem like it, but this all has more implications than just how it affects UFC 200.
I may just be upset because I am/was a huge Jon Jones fan, and it may seem like I’m overreacting, but this is a huge deal. It’ll be interesting to see if/how the UFC can bounce back from this, and how the UFC 200 card plays out in the next 48 hours.