Following news that Jon Jones’s knockout victory of Daniel Cormier had changed to no-contest, the UFC has announced its decision.
The organization announced Wednesday night (Sept. 13) that it has reinstated Daniel Cormier as its light heavyweight champion, following Jones’ failed drug test.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) officially changed the result of Jones’ victory at UFC 214 earlier in the day, after results from his “B” sample from the failed drug test confirmed he Jones tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid.
Cormier (19-1) appeared on UFC Tonight (according to ESPN) and said he initially didn’t want the title back, but decided to accepted reinstatement because he felt he would ultimately fight for the belt anyway. He also added that finances played a part in his decision.
“I talked to [CSAC] and was like, ‘I lost. I lost the fight’. As a competitor, that’s how I felt. [UFC president] Dana White called me today and said, ‘If it’s a no-contest, then the fight didn’t happen,’ ” he explained. “Now, people will say stuff like, ‘You got handed the belt.’ He cheated. The reality is, for me to say, ‘I don’t want this title,’ when I was going to be [fighting] in a championship anyway, financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for a vacant title.”
Since news of the failed drug test was reported, Jones (22-1) has denied knowingly taking any banned substances.
Whether he knew or not, this is the second failed drug test of Jones’ career. He previously served a one-year suspension after testing positive for two anti-estrogenic substances in July 2016, resulting in his rematch against Daniel Cormier being pulled from UFC 200.
Jones later said the failed test was the result of a contaminated sexual enhancement pill.
With this current situation, Jones is facing a maximum four-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
So far, when Cormier will fight against is unknown.