Former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Anderson Silva will reportedly face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Sunday. Cormier is waiting for a new opponent after UFC superstar Jon Jones was pulled out of the fight due to potential doping violation.
With just two days left before the biggest UFC fight card this year, Silva reportedly agreed to step in on short notice, a report from Combate revealed. UFC president Dana White has not issued any confirmation at this point, but he has already declared that Cormier will still fight on Sunday despite their decision to pull Jones out from the event.
The report added that the two camps are still discussing the terms of the bout, including a potential catch weight. Cormier is the light heavyweight world champion, but a title defense against Silva is highly unlikely, considering the fact that the Brazilian superstar is a natural middleweight.
UFC and the camps of both fighters are also discussing the number of rounds. Silva has been inactive for the past several months, as he has not fought since his unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night in February. It was his first fight since his controversial victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January last year.
On the other hand, Cormier is in the best possible shape of his career, as he has been preparing hard for his title defense against Jones. But to his disappointment, Jones will not be allowed to fight him due to the doping allegations.
Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, addressed the issue in a press conference on Thursday. The emotional superstar insisted that he did not intentionally took banned substance and had no plans to cheat in his bid to reclaim the world title. The 28-year-old also apologized to Cormier for the cancellation of their bout.
“I want to apologize, I really don’t know what to say,” Jones said via ESPN. “I’m really sorry about this happening. The whole situation really sucks. It really sucks, really hurts a lot.”
Jones and his camp said that they will make an appeal. His B-sample will be tested because he is quite sure he did not do anything wrong, saying that he just took the same supplement he was taking for the majority of his career.