Back on April 6th, Kelvin Gastelum (14-2-0) was suspended by the USADA after finding marijuana metabolites in his urine, leaving Anderson Silva (34-8-0, 1 NC) without an opponent for UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
An official statement was released by the UFC: “Following the April 6 removal of Kevin Gastelum from his UFC 212 bout against Anderson Silva, UFC officials attempted to find a replacement to meet on June 3. However, an opponent was not secured to face the former middleweight champion on short notice.”
The UFC is offering refunds to those that purchased tickets, due to the withdrawal of the Brazilian native.
On Thursday, the Michael Bisping (31-7-0) vs Georges St. Pierre (25-2-0) fight was scrapped. The fight was supposed to happen in July, Bisping had hoped it would happen during International Fight Week, but GSP announced via Twitter that he would not be able to go until the fall.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 5, 2017
UFC President Dana White broke the news on FOX Sports Australlia.
“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP. [Yoel] doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line, he’s the No.1 ranked guy in the world.”
“Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now. Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that’s even the case. It could be next year.
“So we’re not waiting for Georges St-Pierre anymore. We’re moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot.”
It is not known yet when Bisping vs Romero (12-1-0) will take place.
On Wednesday, Chris Taylor, reporter for bjpenn.com confirmed that Jon Jones (22-1-0) would return for UFC 214, in which he will face light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) in the main event on July 29, in Anaheim, California.
I have confirmed with sources close to the fight that Jon
Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 is official and will headline #UFC214 on July 29!
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) May 10, 2017
Jones has been suspended numerous times since a hit and run incident back in 2015 and hasn’t been in the octagon in over a two years, so it will be interesting to see how he returns, and what his camp will be like leading up to the bout.
Jones and Cormier met at UFC 182 back in January of 2015. Initially, Alexander Gustafsson (17-4-0) was scheduled to face Jones, but had to withdraw due to an injury. Jones defeated Cormier in by unanimous decision to retain his title, which was later stripped following his suspensions.
When Jones was stripped of the belt, Cormier battled Anthony Johnson (22-6-0) on May 23, 2015 for the belt, in which Cormier won by submission in the second round. Since then, Cormier has defended the title twice.