Jon Jones addressed the media and MMA fans Thursday morning in Las Vegas, hours after he was removed from the UFC 200 main event.
Jones had his test sample come back for a possible anti-doping violation through the USADA, prompting officials to take him out of the planned title fight with Daniel Cormier.
“I want to start by apologizing to all the fans who came out to support me for UFC 200, the UFC and the Fertittas for not being able to perform, all the staff of UFC, and I want to apologize to Daniel Cormier,” Jones said. “The fight meant a lot to him and a lot to me, and I want to apologize sincerely. I’m really sorry about this happening.
“The whole situation really sucks, it really hurts a lot. I have no clue what it is. I’ve been taking the same supplements the majority of my career. I’m extremely against performance enhancers, and the whole thing sucks because being labeled as someone who cheats hurts me more than anything else.”
Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, stated that his client has been tested eight times since December, with only the June 16 test coming back with an issue. The “B” sample of the test is headed to Salt Lake City for further examination.
If the test results are indeed positive, Jones faces a two-year suspension from MMA.
“If I do have to sit out for two years, I’ll definitely be back,” Jones said. “I’m optimistic. At the end of the day, I’m a fighter, and even though I’m breaking down here, I’m not broken. I’m just really upset. I’ve been through a lot to get to this point, so I’m not going to let this slow me down.”