Cormier Given UFC Light Heavyweight Title Back
Following Tuesday’s announcement that Jon Jones ‘B’ sample had come up positive for banned substances, the UFC has stripped Jones of the UFC light heavyweight title and returned it to Daniel Cormier.
On UFC Tonight, Cormier said Wednesday that he spoke with UFC president Dana White earlier that day, and White told him he is the titleholder again. UFC spokesperson Lenee Breckenridge confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday night that Cormier has been reinstated as champ.
Jon Jones defeated Cormier to win the belt at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, but Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test and as mentioned his ‘B’ sample confirmed the positive test Tuesday. Wednesday morning, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) changed the decision from a TKO victory for Jones to a no contest .
“If it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen. [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.”
Original story: MMA Fighting.