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Jon Jones pulled from UFC 200; Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt is new main event


In a stunning turn of events, Jon Jones is out of the main event of Saturday’s UFC 200.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion, who was scheduled to meet current champion Daniel Cormier in the main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was pulled Wednesday night due to a potential violation in a USADA drug test administered on June 16.

As a result, the scheduled co-main between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt has been promoted to a three-round main event fight.

In a hastily arranged Las Vegas press conference, UFC president Dana White indicated that a new opponent for Cormier hasn’t been ruled out.

“Maybe someone will pop up and fight Cormier at the last minute,” White said. “Stranger things have happened.”

UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky noted in a statement that Jones has yet been declared guilty of the allegations, but, given the proximity of the company receiving the results and the fight itself, there wasn’t time to conduct a review, thus necessitating the fight cancelation.

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