It has been a wild 24 hours for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which learned late last night that its interim Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, was forced out of its bicentennial pay-per-view (PPV) main event after United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) detected a banned performance-enhancing agent in his system last month.
Jones has since held an amateur tear-soaked press conference to address the finding, claiming he would never knowingly "cheat," and headed home with his tail between his legs. Daniel Cormier, meanwhile, who was supposed to rematch Jones in UFC 200's historic headlining act, admitted that he was "sad" about the bad news, but we didn't know just how sad until the latest episode of "Embedded," which shows the moment company president Dana White informed him of the result.
That's not all. From the official YouTube description:
... Featherweight title contender Jose Aldo arrives in the States sporting a new look. Aldo's opponent Frankie Edgar dresses up for the event's official press conference, where stars including Brock Lesnar, Mark Hunt, Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes and Jon Jones hold court. But the card is dealt a massive blow when UFC president Dana White delivers a bombshell -- and the fighters reel from the impact at Thursday's open workouts.
The good news? White and Co. have been working all day to find a replacement to fight Cormier on short notice so that he can earn his paycheck. Meanwhile, the Heavyweight showdown between Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt was promoted to main event status.
No rest for the wicked.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 200 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.