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Jones stripped of UFC title, Cormier champ again

By on September 14, 2017

Jon JonesJon Jones’ UFC Light Heavyweight Championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 has been overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, leading to Cormier being officially awarded the title again by the UFC.

In a whirlwind of events this week, Jones’ B sample from the event was positive for the steroid turinabol. His A sample from the event already included evidence of the steroid, but Jones appeared to get a glimmer of hope from a blood test that came back clean. However, USADA quickly squashed any idea that Jones may have been clean as a result of that test, noting that turinabol is only tested for in urine, anyway.

Therefore, the B sample was really the nail in the coffin for this particular case, and perhaps for the career of Jones, who is certainly facing a lengthy suspension for this latest failed test.

No one was more upset than Cormier about the result of the bout at UFC 214, but Cormier said that he had no qualms about being reinstated as champion and having the loss changed to a no contest on his record.

“He disqualified himself by taking a steroid before the fight, so it didn’t happen,” Cormier said of the fight. “I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do. And I’m not only saying that because it’s me. It’s the right thing to do. You don’t cheat the sports, you don’t cheat the fans, you don’t cheat me.”

Cormier also indicated his surprise that Jones would resort to banned substances when he has been so dominant in his career. “You have all the physical advantages, sir,” said Cormier of Jones. “You’re 30 years old, you’re 6-4, you have 85-inch reach. … It’s an unfortunate situation. We had one of the biggest fights of the year, and once again this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”

Cormier, who was notified yesterday of the fact that he would be reinstated as champion, said the main difference about being awarded the belt is financial. His next fight would have been for the belt anyway, since Jones is out of the picture, but he stands to make more as a defending champion than he would fighting for a vacant title.

Jones is just 30 years old now, but faces the loss of his prime years as an athlete due to what could be a four-year suspension from the sport. Regarding the possibility of a tainted supplement, Cormier was skeptical. “This is a very expensive drug, something that could not be easily found in a supplement,” Cormier said.

Arbitration likely looms in the future for Jones, as his reps seem to be hinting that he will dispute the findings. The last time that he did so after UFC 200, his resulting suspension was set for one year. Even if he received half of the maximum suspension for this violation, he’d be sitting out two years, only to come back to a sport where the UFC and fans alike would have a hard time trusting him.

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