After it was announced that Jon Jones has been flagged for a potential doping violation, Daniel Cormier noted that his rival is entitled to his due process. But, following the news that Jones’ B sample from UFC 214 has also tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol, Cormier has blasted the now former champ.
If you stayed away from the world wide web on Wednesday, then you may have not heard about Jones’ B sample, or that his win over Cormier in July has been overturned to a no-contest. Then, later in the day the UFC announced that since Jones’ victory on July 29th is officially no more, Cormier has been reinstated as the light-heavyweight champ.
Well, “DC” appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight“, and here is some of what the champion had to say about the jaw dropping situation (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“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. 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.”
“He has to fight it,” added Cormier, while discussing what Jones has to do next, in terms of his appeal process. “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. If it was a mistake, you’ve got to be more careful, especially with all the scrutiny on him after what’s already happened.”
You certainly can’t blame Cormier for taking back the belt, considering the circumstances. Now it will be fascinating to see who the UFC taps to fight Cormier next – it will likely be Alexander Gustafsson – and what happens with Jones’ adjudication process. The now former champ could be suspended for up to four years.
Jones’ management has denied that the fighter knowingly took any banned substance.