Jon Jones stripped, Daniel Cormier reinstated as champion after UFC 214 result overturned
Jon Jones has been stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title for the third time in his career.
The news was announced today on FS1’s “UFC Tonight” by long-time rival Daniel Cormier, whose knockout loss to Jones at UFC 214 was declared a no-contest by the California State Athletic Commission.
After Jones was first flagged for the banned steroid turinabol, UFC President Dana White said he would crown Cormier the new champion if Jones was suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But with Jones’ initial failure confirmed by a positive B sample, the promotion made that decision sooner.
“Now, people will say stuff like, ‘Well, you got handed the belt.’ He cheated, and the reality is, for me to say I don’t want this title when I was going to be in championship fight anyways, financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for a vacant title. I’m taking the belt.”
Denise White, Jones’ public relations representative, did not initially respond to a request for comment. The UFC also sent MMAjunkie a prepared statement confirming the decision to strip Jones.
“As this was a title bout, Cormier will be reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion.”
Jones also faces a possible four-year suspension from USADA and additional punishment from the CSAC, which regulated the July 29 pay-per-view event. His team has indicated he will appeal the positive tests, arguing they were the result of a contaminated supplement.
If Jones goes to arbitration, his case could play out over several months.
Cormier defended the UFC’s decision to reinstate him as champ and had pointed criticism for Jones, whom he’s previously accused of knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
Jones was first stripped of the title after a hit-and-run accident in April 2015 left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and received 18 months’ probation.
After fulfilling the terms of his probation, Jones returned to the cage and beat Ovince Saint Preux in a bout for the interim UFC light heavyweight title put up after Cormier was forced to withdraw from UFC 197. Three months later, however, Jones again found himself in hot water when he failed a pre-fight drug test in connection with a title unifier against Cormier at UFC 200.
In November 2016, the UFC stripped him of the interim title after USADA handed him a one-year suspension.
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