Daniel Cormier is once again the UFC light heavyweight champion.
That was announced by the UFC this week, following the news that Jon Jones’s B sample from his post UFC 214 drug test, also showed positive for steroids.
Jones was the latest athlete to be caught using performance enhancing drugs in USADA’s overhaul of the UFC. This follows his stunning KO victory over Cormier in Anaheim- which saw him reclaim the light heavyweight belt.
The news prompted the California State Athletic commission to overturn the bout to a no contest shortly after. Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier also took to the air to speak out on the unfortunate series of events.
“I talked to Andy Foster (Executive Director of the California State Atheltic Commission) and I was like, ‘Man, you know, I lost. I lost the fight.’ As a competitor, that’s how I felt. Then Dana White called me today and he said, ‘If it’s a No Contest, then the fight didn’t happen.’
“He said, ‘If one of you guys would have missed weight (and) he would have won the fight, you still would have kept the belt. He said, ‘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.”
“USADA is being very straight line, saying ‘due process.’ But the reality is you can’t fail a drug test,” Cormier said.
“You can pass a hundred tests, you cannot fail one. And they’re saying we have to wait for the due process, but what are we waiting for? … You cannot test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. It’s unfair. I’m very upset about it.”
So is Cormier the true champion? And will the legacy of Jon Jones forever be tarnished by the failed tests? This series of events surrounding Jones has raised a number of questions for MMA fans to think about.
For now at least, this decisive action from the UFC brings some form of stability to this turbulent division, though what comes next for both fighters will largely remain to be seen.