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UFC 200: Anderson Silva vs Daniel Cormier confirmed after Jon Jones failed test

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By now, you will undoubtedly have seen the news that Jon Jones has been pulled from the main event of UFC 200.

Jones, who was supposed to be facing Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight championship, was taken out of the match after USADA told the fighter himself and the UFC that he had failed a drugs test undertaken last month.

Well, after Gegard Mousasi and Michael Bisping piped up yesterday saying they would both fight Cormier, a replacement for Jones has finally been found, but it isn't either of the two previously mentioned fighters.

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The man replacing Jones is Anderson Silva, who will be facing Cormier in a non-title fight, which is rather disappointing. At least make it for the belt, Dana!

The news was first broken by Brazilian publication Globo and hastily shot down by Dana White, before being confirmed as true, in a weird series of events.

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The 41-year-old Silva is stepping in on just two days notice to fight Cormier, who has been in training for months to try and unify the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Speaking after the announcement, Cormier seemed incredibly relieved to be having a fight of any kind, while praising Silva.

"I am honored to share the Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time," Cormier said, according to MMA Fighting

"This is a very tough fight for me, and I have to fight smart and to do my best in order to win this fight. Thank you Anderson for stepping up, and thanks to Dana White and the UFC for making this happen. Now let's go do this."

Despite struggling recently, with no wins in his last four fights, Silva is still regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history, with his famed 16-win streak looking seemingly untouchable in the modern UFC.

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