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Jon Jones has been removed from UFC 200 due to a potential USADA violation and spoke to the media less than 12 hours after the news broke.

"I just know in my heart I would never take anything that would enhance me in any way," Jones said. "The whole situation really sucks. Really hurts a lot. Supposedly they found something in one of my samples. I can't even pronounce it."

Jones was flanked by his manager and his publicist and often handed the questions over to his manager in order to compose himself. He even left the presser for a few minutes to control his emotions.

"I'm sorry I am crying," he said.

At the time of the press conference, Jones had not spoken to his would be-opponent or to UFC President Dana White.

"I don't know what to say," Jones said, visually uncomfortable. "I want to apologize to all the fans, I want to apologize to Daniel Cormier. I know how much this fight meant to him."

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, they are testing a B sample and hope to have results later tonight. Although exact details of what the test showed were unclear, Kawa said it was a metabolite found in his urine. The test in question was taken on June 16.

The potential punishment for a PED violation is a two-year suspension.

"I feel like I have to re-climb a ladder," Jones said. "I will definitely be back."

Jones' publicist said that the results of this test should not affect his probation in any way.

"Even though I may seem broken up here, I'm not broken," Jones said.

You can watch the full press conference here.

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