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.
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.