Daniel Cormier has been reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion.
On Wednesday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced it had stripped Jon Jones after his positive test for anabolic steroids at UFC 214 in July after his B sample came back positive and the California State Athletic Commission overturned the bout to a no-contest.
Cormier discussed the decision during Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
“I lost the fight. That’s how I felt. But Dana White called me today and said if it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen and because of that, the championship is getting returned to me. If he cheated, he could not have fought and won the fight,” Cormier said.
“Financially, it’s a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for the vacant title. I’m taking the belt. He disqualified himself before the fight. So it didn’t happen, and I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do.
“You don’t cheat the sport, cheat the fans or me. Jones, you have all the physical advantages. You’re 30 years old. You have an 85 inch reach. I’m 38 years old. I would love to wake up and take stuff so I don’t have to walk down my stairs sideways. But I don’t. Once again, this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”
As for what’s next for Jones, Cormier said the former champ — who has now been stripped of the title a whopping three times — has no choice but to fight the ruling.
“He has to fight it. It’s a death sentence. This is a very expensive drug. Something that’s not easily found in a supplement. I’ve been in the USADA process for 12 years, I’ve never had these issues,” Cormier said.
“If it was a mistake, you’ve got to be more careful, especially with all the scrutiny on him after what’s already happened.”
Jones previously failed a drug test when the two men were supposed to fight at UFC 200. Jones was then handed a one-year suspension. Now that he has failed a second test, Jones is facing a suspension of up to four years.
While Jones prepares for his next battle outside of the cage, Cormier can turn his attention to his next title defense, though there is no word on any date or potential opponent.
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