Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones at UFC 200 and face light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, the UFC announced Thursday night.
The "B" sample will not clear Jon Jones.
White said Thursday that he hadn't spoken with Jones nor watched his press conference, and that held true Friday. Jones could face a two-year suspension if he loses the appeal.
UFC 200 is set to go down tomorrow night from the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas on pay-per-view (PPV), but stay with LowKick for the latest on Jones and his trials with USADA as it comes...
"I just know in my heart I would never take anything that would enhance me in any way, so I didn't feel the need to jot down anything". Lesnar expressed his excitement in an pre-fight press conference stating: "Obviously I'm here to win a fight". The guys who are supposed to be looking out for him and watching his back, give me a break.
The UFC introduced the anti-doping program a year ago and since then Jones has submitted six samples but this is the first time he has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. It is not now clear what the weight will be and how many rounds the fight will go for.
Lesnar, a star of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is returning to mixed martial arts for the first time since 2011. That meant the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt fight would move up to the main event.
The fight Saturday was between Jones and Cormier was scheduled to be the main event that would unify the light heavyweight championship. He tested positive for cocaine use shortly before beating Cormier in their first meeting in January 2015, but was allowed to fight because the detected metabolite was not banned for out-of-competition use by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He is 22-1 in his career. Cormier, though, had to pull out due to a leg injury, and Jones instead defeated Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision.