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Anderson Silva hopes Jones isn't 'mad' about replacing him at UFC 200

'The Spider' feels sorry for Jones and hopes he isn't upset with Silva taking his spot at UFC 200.

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It's likely that Anderson Silva is the last of Jon Jones' worries right now. On Wednesday, just three days' out from the blockbuster UFC 200 pay-per-view, it was announced that 'Bones' had been removed from the card following a failed drug test conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Jones was supposed to rematch Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight title unification bout in the main event, but the 28-year-old is now looking at facing a hefty suspension from the USADA. In a bizarre turn of events, former pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva was announced as Jones' replacement.

Silva will face Cormier in a three-round non-title fight on the main card, and the Brazilian hopes Jones isn't too upset with the news.

"I was sad," Silva told the media after last night's UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez lightweight title fight (h/t Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting). "I know he went through a lot and I know he was very well prepared to fight Daniel Cormier. With USADA coming into the UFC, things have gotten a lot more professional. You have to watch out for everything we put into our bodies, every supplement. Things can happen. I think something happened and I hope he doesn't get mad I took his place."

Silva, who admitted to a complete lack of preparation for the bout, joked that he would have to 'run' away from Cormier a lot.

"I think it's gonna be interesting. I'm gonna have to run from him a lot. I'm joking, boss. I'm joking. I come to fight," Silva said to Dana White.

The UFC 200 extravaganza will now feature a women's bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes in the main event and is set to take place on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.