Daniel Cormier (pictured) is once again the UFC light heavyweight champion after it was revealed Tuesday that Jon Jones’ B-sample also returned positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol.
Cormier revealed his AND STILL status on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”
“[UFC president] Dana White called me today and he said, ‘If it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen. If one of you guys woulda missed weight and he woulda won the fight you still woulda kept the belt. Because of that the championship is getting returned to you. If he cheated, he could not have fought and cheated and still won the fight.’
“So, once again I’m the UFC champion,” Cormier shared.
This move shouldn’t come as a surprise, as White stated after Jones’ A-sample was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation last month that the gold would go back to Cormier if Jones was dirty. If anything, it was merely a matter of when, and if Cormier would be willing to take the title back considering Jones knocked him out at UFC 214.
Some might call Cormier the paper champion. However, Jones cheated and got caught. The highlight reel KO has been erased and replaced with a no contest, so Cormier should have no shame in donning the strap.
Well, Cormier should just fight the next top contender for the vacant light heavyweight title, you say?
“Now people will say stuff like, ‘You got handed the belt.’ He cheated and the reality is, for me to say I don’t want this title when I was going to be in a championship fight anyways, financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for the vacant title. I’m taking the belt,” said Cormier.
In a vicious game where fighters not named Conor McGregor are paid peanuts, don’t say you wouldn’t do the same.
It’s not Cormier’s fault Jones cheated (AGAIN). “DC” entered UFC 214 with every intention of avenging his 2015 unanimous decision defeat to his archenemy to retain the title. Jones messed up (AGAIN) and Cormier should make no apologies for another grown man’s blunder.
“So now I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do,” Cormier said. “I’m not just 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 told, you’re 6’4″, you have an 85″ reach. I’m 38 years old.”
No word on when Cormier will make his next title defense.
BREAKING: Daniel Cormier says Dana White will reinstate him as UFC light heavyweight champion! Thoughts? https://t.co/Ai6eOUAh07
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