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Dana White says Daniel Cormier 'will fight this weekend'

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UFC president Dana White is determined to find Daniel Cormier a new opponent for UFC 200.

Appearing on FS1's The Herd on Thursday, White vowed to find a replacement foe for the UFC light heavyweight champion, who was scheduled to meet Jon Jones in Saturday night's main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"There's tons of guys that are interested," White said. "We'll get a fight done."

Jones was pulled from the bout late Wednesday night after testing positive for an unidentified banned substance in an out-of-competition drug test administered on June 16.

Several fighters have expressed interest in fighting Cormier, including former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who meets Thiago Santos in a middleweight bout at UFC 200; Ilir Latifi, who is training at American Top Team for an upcoming bout, and new UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who is in Las Vegas.

White threw cold water on the idea Bisping would be Cormier's foe.

"Bisping just won the 185-pound title," White said. "And, let me tell you what Bisping does in his offseason. When Bisping is not training, Bisping goes on a bender. He's in no condition to fight Daniel Cormier, I'll tell you that."

White also expressed disappointment in Jones, who could have gone down as the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history, but can't seem to stay out of trouble outside the cage.

"It's crazy," White said. "This guy might be the greatest talent that this sport has ever seen, but he cannot get it together."

Still, the fight game moves on with or without Jones. White said he hopes to have a new opponent for Cormier wrapped up by the end of the day.

"Cormier will fight this weekend."

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