The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) earlier today has changed the result of the July 29 fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier to a no-contest. The decision comes one day after the B sample from Jones’ failed drug test came back confirming that he had a steroid, Turinabol, in his system in-competition.
Jones won the UFC light heavyweight title by beating Cormier and now that the decision has changed, the UFC may strip Jones of the championship. The UFC controls its title belts and have been on record claiming that it would not strip the title until the completion of the adjudication process done by USADA.
A major question regards what happens to the championship if Jones (who faces a four year suspension for a second failed test) is stripped, is whether or not the title goes back to Cormier.
Jones tested positive for Turinabol, commonly used for cattle in an in-competition test taken after weigh-ins July 28. He beat Cormier a day later by third-round TKO, but that will now no longer appear on either man’s official record.
Jones’ team has denied that Jones took any prohibited substance intentionally, saying he must have taken a tainted supplement and that he would not ingest a steroid knowingly. Jones himself has not spoken publicly about the matter.
Last year, Jones tested positive for two banned substances, Letrozol and clomiphene, and was pulled out of a title fight with Cormier at UFC 200 three days prior to the event. Jones was suspended one year for the infraction.