Daniel Cormier has been reinstated as UFC Champion
With yesterday’s news of Jon Jones B sample coming back positive for a banned substance, Daniel Cormier has been reinstated as the light heavyweight champion. This was confirmed by UFC spokesperson Lenee Breckenridge. Breckenridge confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.
Back in July, Cormier lost his light heavyweight championship to Jon Jones via 3rd round knockout. A month later it was reported that Jones failed his urine drug test which was collected after weigh-ins. Jones appealed the test and asked that sample B tested as well. Yesterday it was reported that the B sample also tested positive for the banned substance.
With the confirmation of the positive drug test, the California State Athletic Department will change the fight to a no-contest. Resulting in the UFC reinstating Daniel Cormier as the light heavyweight champion.
“If it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen,” Cormier said, “[Dana 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.”
“He [Jon Jones] disqualified himself for taking a steroid before the fight, so it didn’t happen,” Cormier said “So now I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do. And I’m not only saying that because it’s me. It’s the right thing to do. You don’t cheat the sport, you don’t cheat the fans, you don’t cheat me. You have all the physical advantages, sir. You’re 30 years old, you’re 6-4, you’ve got an 85-inch reach. I’m 38 years old. I would love to take stuff and not have to wake up every morning and walk down my stairs sideways.”
At this time there is no word yet on how long Jon Jones suspension will be. Many are speculating it could be as high as 4 years due to it being the second time he tested positive for a banned substance in the past.
As for Cormier, he currently does not have any fights scheduled at this time.