Jon Jones held a press conference this afternoon in a bid to offer his side of the story after today's early morning bombshell that he had been pulled for the UFC 200 pay-per-view in light of a failed drugs test.
All told, it lasted for approximately 30 minutes and, at times, it was hard to watch as the former Lightweight champion struggled to contain his emotions.
In fact, at one point during proceedings, Jones walked out of the press conference as emotions ran too high. Later, having returned to take questions from the media, he broke down in tears as he contemplated the situation he finds himself in. Scroll down this article to watch video clips of both instances.
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After a brief statement in which he made a point of saying sorry to everyone from the UFC fans, to the promotion's owners the Fertitta brothers, as well as his slated opponent Daniel Cormier, the 29-year-old had to leave the stage when asked how his positive drugs test affects his future:
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After presumably composing himself backstage, Jones returned after a couple of minutes away in order to field further questions from the media. However, the fighter was fighting off tears for much of the press conference.
It was, though, when asked whether he had spoken directly to Cormier that Jones' emotions became too much and he broke down in tears:
While some fans may have reacted with sympathy to Jones' vulnerability this afternoon, there were plenty of outspoken fight fans who criticised him for his actions during the press conference.
In terms of what solid information was put forward by Jones and his representatives, they categorically denied any intentional wrongdoing and did hint that the substance that caused the positive test was performance enhancing rather than any "street drugs".
Although the B sample is in for testing today, Jones will no longer be taking part in this weekend's much-hyped UFC 200 PPV. With a potential two-year suspension also to content with, it is perhaps easy to understand why the skilled fighter was struggling to contain his emotions.
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