In 2009 Jon Jones was a young prospect at UFC 100, demonstrating a strong and acrobatic fighting style. He looked to hold the UFC in the palm of his hand. On Wednesday, he was pulled from his UFC 200 co-main event match against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier due to a positive drug test. Part-time MMA fighter, part-time WWE wrestler, Brock Lesnar will still fight Mark Hunting the co-main event.
Jon Jones, the former light-heavyweight champion took to a news conference to apologize to the fans. He stated he has been taking the same supplements for most of his career, and he has been vocal with his views against performance-enhancers. What was allegedly found in his test sample, he said he does not know what it is or how it got there, according to the Los Angeles Times. But removing the number one ranked light heavyweight contender against Daniel Cormier puts more of a spotlight on Lesnar and Hunt.
Jon Jones is a 28-year-old fighter weighing in at about 205 lbs. He has a background in wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai. He has a strong background in Greco-Roman wrestling, and was a Junior College National Wrestling Champion. His bout was likely to be the shining point of UFC 200, instead, the spotlight falls to Lesnar and Hunt.
On the other side, Lesnar, is a heavyweight fighter, 265 pounds, and with a record of 5-3, and he is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, he has spent a lot of time in professional wrestling. His fighting style, while backed by his 2000 NCAA Division 1 National Wrestling Championship, and his years “fighting” in professional wrestling, is more of a brute force with an array of submission holds.
Mark Hunt has a little boxing background, some wrestling and kickboxing, but he holds no martial arts ranks, he is a pure grappler who likes to go for the knockout. He is about the same size as Lesnar. The Beast, who is splitting his time between the WWE and UFC, was expecting a light heavyweight bout as the main focus of the co-main event. Now, his three round bout against Hunt is the only main event
With this being the main event fight, the Lesnar and Hunt match could be just a total bust. The edge would have to go towards Hunter since he does not spend time traveling with the WWE. The Jon Jones bout should have been pulled from the card because of the drug test, but how fair is it to make the main event a fight that could end up being a joke. Fans will be lucky if Lesnar and Hunter just go into the octagon and brawl with each other. That is really all Lesnar will likely be able to do against Hunt. It could make for a great fight, or it could end up being a waste of time for the UFC and the two fighters. As for Jones, he could be facing a 2-year suspension for the positive test.
Lesnar is an athlete, he is conditioned, and he is a fighter, however, even with his experience, holding the UFC title, Hunt comes off as more of threat, and one that could demolish Lesner. It could be a short bout, and being just a three rounder to start with, UFC 200 is going to miss the Jones fight.
What do you think? Is it fair to shift the entire spotlight on Lesnar and Hunt? Should the fight still be the main event? Do you think Lesnar will win? Do you think Jon Jones should have been allowed to fight in the co-main event at UFC 200? Share your thoughts in the comments below. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Commentary by Cletus Dillwood