With Jones Out, Anderson Silva vs. Daniel Cormier Booked for UFC 200

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces sanctioning following the confirmation of drug test results indicating that he violated the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

On Wednesday night, the news was confirmed that Jon Jones was removed from the UFC 200 card after allegedly testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

TMZ Sports broke the news that Anderson Silva has agreed to fill Jones' spot and will fight Cormier in a non-title three-round light heavyweight bout in Las Vegas on Saturday.

"Is there anything I can do?"

Silva was announced on Thursday just 48 hours before the UFC's headline summer show, but the fight will represent a satisfying tonic to the Jones debacle with Silva one of the greatest fighters in the UFC's history.

Now, Anderson Silva, a former middleweight champion who defended his title a record ten times in a row, will step in to fight Cormier in a non-title match to fill out the card.

During a press conference on Thursday morning after he was pulled from UFC 200, Jones fought through a veil of tears as he denied knowingly taking any banned substances during his preparation for the upcoming fight with Daniel Cormier.

Is Anderson Silva a good replacement for Jon Jones? The UFC chose Silva, who was able to pass all of the necessary medical tests in time to be cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Silva fights at light heavyweight not for the first time, owning impressive wins over Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonner in the division. ESPN now report the bantamweight title showdown is now Saturday's main event. Remember, Jones has only fought once since UFC 182 after running into legal trouble all of a year ago.

WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar facing off with Mark Hunt will now be the main event of the UFC 200.

Thus, it seems that Daniel Cormier is intent on focussing on his new task and making sure he is not distracted by the events of the last few days. I think Conor McGregor threw his name in there at one point...the point is, it looked as if Cormier was going to get that big payday after all.

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