Daniel Cormier was reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion earlier this week, after Jon Jones’ B sample from UFC 214 confirmed a failed drug test for anabolic steroids and was stripped of the title for the third time in his career.
Cormier was heartbroken following his loss at UFC 214, so he could understandably take this time to unload on Jones and publicly share his frustrations.
But Daniel Cormier is all class, so he has decided to follow a different approach.
On Friday afternoon, Cormier took to social media to issue a lengthy statement urging fans to “lay off” of Jones while he deals with the difficult situation ahead of him — which includes a potential four-year suspension.
You can see Cormier’s statement in full below:
“I call upon you to take a breathe, lay off of Jones,” Cormier wrote. “Let him and his team figure out what’s going on and what happened. I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love. After the fight Jones showed compassion, regardless of what has happened as humans we must show compassion. Jon is not on this ride alone, remember this man has a family. Let’s respect that. You don’t show ur support for me by hurting others.”
That’s the perfect way to handle the situation and it goes to speak for the quality of man that Cormier is.
Now that Cormier is once again the champion, he will be able to return his focus to defending his belt. A date and potential opponent for Cormier’s return to the Octagon has yet to be announced.
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