Leading up to UFC 200, all signs pointed to former UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier having their highly anticipated rematch in the main event of the bout.
Both fighters made it to fight week uninjured, and were taking part in their media rounds ahead of the fight. Unfortunately, just 48 hours before the event, USADA informed the UFC that Jones had failed an out-of-competition drug test back in June. With no other option, the UFC was forced to pull Jones from the bout.
Recently however, Jones and UFC President Dana White have both revealed separately that Jones’ appeal process has been going extremely well. So well that Jones could very well be back in the Octagon sooner rather than later.
On the heels of Anthony Johnson’s quick KO win over Glover Teixeira, UFC President Dana White has suggested a potential Johnson vs. Jones fight for the interim light heavyweight championship, with the winner fighting Daniel Cormier. On the other hand, it has been suggested that Jones and Cormier have an immediate rematch once Jones is reinstated.
That didn’t sit too well with former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who spoke on UFC Tonight:
After everything that has been going on as far as his test coming back positive, I think it would be B.S. if he came back and got a title shot right away.
“With him being suspended a little bit longer, that wouldn’t make it fair but as far as him going in and getting a title shot right away, I would say no, that shouldn’t happen.”