The first time UFC 200 lost its main event, it was because Conor McGregor didn't want to do press conferences. Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 replaced it at the top of the huge July 9th pay-per-view, but now that's not happening for a much much bigger reason. Jon Jones failed an out-of-competition drug test, and now Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt is the new main event. You cannot make this stuff up.
A few days ago was the 1 year anniversary of the UFC-USADA partnership, and on Wednesday, July 6th, the hammer dropped on Jon Jones, on the biggest planned event in UFC history. Incredible. It's another chapter in the ongoing clusterf**k that is Jones' career, and it will be dominating the headlines through this weekend and over the next several weeks. If the B-sample is positive, we may not see Jones again in the Octagon until at least 2018.
Enough speculation. You didn't come here for that. Here's how MMA Twitter reacted to the news.
Damn.....— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) July 7, 2016
As a fan I'm disappointed in Jon's recklessness, again. As a fighter, I feel bad for DC not getting to unify his belt & get that big payday.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) July 7, 2016
Just heard the news . WOW— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 7, 2016
Dirty fighters better check under their beds because @usantidoping gonna get you— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) July 7, 2016
@dc_mma @ufc, I feel for ya. I know it feels to have your opponent get pulled 3 days before the fight due to being dishonorable. #norespect— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) July 7, 2016
I guess he didn't take DC's "get your shit together" advice to heart. :( #ufc200 https://t.co/6gWI79tAof— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) July 7, 2016
Oh shit! #ufc200— tim means (@MeansTim) July 7, 2016
Shit was looking forward to that war ! #UFC200— Sergio Pettis (@sergiopettis) July 7, 2016
@dc_mma you is the true champiom...— Antonio Pezao Silva (@BigfootSilva) July 7, 2016
Black Panty Night! @UFC @Danawhite give me @dc_mma vs @roynelsonmma + PPV. I am in after I beat the black beast... https://t.co/bQC4OZCwsB— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) July 7, 2016
Great day of training.. Looking forward to UFC 200.. Giving Twitter a looksies before bed one more ti.. OMFG— Josh Samman (@JoshSamman) July 7, 2016
Hey @danawhite if you need someone, give me a shot— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) July 7, 2016
Holy shit! #ufc200— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 7, 2016
Could Brock maybe spot Jones that USADA exemption for a night?— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) July 7, 2016
USADA strikes again. #AnotherOneBitesTheDust— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) July 7, 2016
Fucking cheaters u guys need drugs to fight? Fuck you all. #FuckTheCheaters NO RESPECT— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) July 7, 2016
Sad day for MMA— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) July 7, 2016
Ok, ok the people have spoken. YES! I will step up on short notice and fight DC for the UFC LHW title.— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) July 7, 2016
Sad news coming from Vegas for #UFC200. Let's hope he can make some changes. https://t.co/NZxvRL4lXq— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) July 7, 2016
@TouchyFili me and you vs. DC. Handicap match!— Michael McDonald (@MaydayMcDonald) July 7, 2016