Once again Jon Jones is stripped of the UFC light-heavyweight title, and this time it might be for good…
Surrounding the UFC light-heavyweight division right now is a dark cloud. Just weeks after Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, the weight class is again in turmoil. Another failed drug test for Jon Jones, and it may signal the end of his career.
Testing positive for anabolic steroid turinabol, Jones’ future was instantly thrown up in the air. It’s a familiar scenario for ‘Bones,’ as the troubled athlete has been through the mill many times.
Having already failed dope screens for cocaine, estrogen blockers and now steroids, Jones could well have put the screws to his own career. Last we heard, his win against Cormier at UFC 214 was overturned to a no-contest.
The worst news has now been confirmed for Jones’ fans, as the polarising figure has had everything he won at UFC 214 taken away:
Jon Jones Loses It All Again
According to the official UFC website, ‘Bones’ has been stripped of the 205-pound belt. Cormier is re-instated, and the ex-champion has been yanked from the rankings:
“UFC was informed Wednesday that the result of the UFC 214 bout between Jon Jones and 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.”
Responding to the news, ‘DC’ says UFC president Dana White broke the news to him:
“If He Cheated, He Shouldn’t Have Won The Fight”
“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.”
Terrible news all around really, as the division was just looking to be revived again. Cormier continued, as per MMAJunkie.com:
“I think it’s crazy,” Jones said Wednesday on FS1’s “UFC Tonight.” “It’s one of the craziest things.”
“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.”
“He has to fight this. This is a death sentence,” Cormier said. “If this does what it says it can be, it’s a death sentence.”