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Jones Stripped, Cormier New UFC Champion

(Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce, photo: Esther Lin/Zuffa LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)

In an update on the Jon “Bones” Jones situation, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially stripped Jones of their Light Heavyweight Championship and returned the title to former champion Daniel Cormier after the California State Athletic Commission officially changed the result of their UFC 214 fight to a no-contest due to Jones’ drug test failure. It was also announced that a “B” sample taken from Jones also tested positive for the same banned substance (Turinabol) as the original “A” sample.

Cormier gave the following statement:

“I talked to California State Athletic Commission and was like, ‘I lost. I lost the fight,'” Cormier said. “As a competitor, that’s how I felt. [UFC president] Dana White called me today and said, ‘If it’s a no-contest, then the fight didn’t happen.’

“Now, people will say stuff like, ‘You got handed the belt.’ He cheated. The reality is, for me to say, ‘I don’t want this title,’ when I was going to be [fighting] in a championship anyway, financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for a vacant title.”

Jon Jones could be facing up to a four-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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