Daniel Cormier is once again the king of the UFC light heavyweight division after Jon Jones was stripped of the title again.
Cormier lost his title to his bitter rival when he was knocked out at UFC 214 by the returning Jon Jones. However after failing an in-competition USADA drug test that has all changed.
The champion at the time, Jones, failed a drug test and tested positive for Turinabol. On Tuesday his ‘B’ sample also came back as positive for the steroid. Things went from bad to worse for Jones on Wednesday when it was announced that the CASC would be overturning his win over Cormier to a no-contest.
They say bad things come in three’s and they sure did for Jon. It was announced late on Wednesday during UFC Tonight that he had been stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title and it had been given back to Daniel Cormier. The former champion confirmed that he had been in contact with Dana White who informed him of the reinstation.
BREAKING: Daniel Cormier says Dana White will reinstate him as UFC light heavyweight champion! Thoughts? https://t.co/Ai6eOUAh07
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“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.”
The UFC followed soon after with a statement regarding the fight and about stripping Jones of the belt.
UFC was informed Wednesday that the result of the UFC 214 bout between Jon Jonesand Daniel Cormier on July 29 was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission. The ruling changes the Jones ‘win’ to a ‘no contest’ following a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected after Jones’ weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
As this was a title bout, Cormier will be reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion.
With Cormier now the champion once again the process to find new and fresh challenges for him to take on begins all over again. With names like Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir in hot pursuit of the belt the remainder of 2017 could be highly important for fighters in the 205-pound division looking to become clear No. 1 contender.
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Cormier (19-1,1NC) will sit out the remainder of the year and watch as the division reshapes itself after the loss of Jones. he will assess the competition and come out firing at the start of 2018.