Jon Jones has been stripped of his title after he tested positive for steroid Turinabol. The second sample that was taken also contained the same substance. Hence, the UFC 214 fight between him and Daniel Cormier has been changed to a No Contest. Therefore, Cormier has been reinstated as the champion once again.
“If it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen,” Cormier said. “(White) said, ‘If one of you guys would have missed weight, he would have won the fight, but you still would have kept the belt. Because of that, the championship is getting returned to you.’ The fight is a no contest. If he cheated, he could not have fought and cheated and still won the fight. Once again, I’m the UFC champion.”
Despite Cormier doesn’t like to be handed the belt without winning a match, he still feels it’s stupid to give reject the title because there is a huge difference in the pay if he would be entering the Octagon as a champion than without the title.
“People will say stuff like, well you got handed the belt,” Cormier continued. “He cheated and the reality is for me to say, ‘I don’t want this title,’ when I was gonna be in a championship fight anyway, financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for the title.”
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The original outcome of the fight between the two warriors had been in Jones’ favor with a third round TKO victory. But now Cormier is the champion once again and this is the second time he is the champion after Jones being stripped of his strap.
Jones had first tested positive for Turinabol during in an in competition test conducted after the weigh ins. On the next day, he fought Cormier and won the match. Now that the CASC has turned the result into a no-contest, it will show the same on both the fighters’ official MMA fight record.
Despite Jones’ team denying taking any banned substance intentionally, this time he won’t be excused by the commission and might face up to a possible four-year suspension.
This won’t be the first time Jones has made a mess in his career, only last year two days prior to the historic UFC’s event UFC 200 he tested positive for Letrozol and Clomiphene, as a result of which he was suspended and stripped of his title.