UFC strips Jones of title, reinstates Cormier

The UFC on Wednesday stripped Jon Jones of his light heavyweight championship title following confirmation of his positive drug test and reinstated Daniel Cormier as champion.

Jones tested positive for the banned steroid Turinabol ahead of his July 29 title bout with Cormier, which he won with a third-round TKO.

The decision to strip Jones of the title comes after his second, or ‘B’ sample, came back positive on Tuesday.

Following the publication of the results the California State Athletic Commission announced the Cormier fight had been ruled a “no contest.”

The UFC issued a statement shortly after the commission’s decision.

Jones, 30, had only just returned to fighting following a 12-month ban after he failed a drugs test ahead of his July 2016 title fight with Cormier when he tested positive for banned substances clomiphene and Letrozol.

As a repeat drug offender, he faces a suspension of up to four years from sport.

Upon receiving news that he would be reinstated, Cormier said of Jones: “He disqualified himself by taking a steroid before the fight. So it didn’t happen. I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do.”

“And I’m not only saying that because it’s me. It’s the right thing to do. You don’t cheat the sports, you don’t cheat the fans, you don’t cheat me.

“You have all the physical advantages, sir. You’re 30 years old, you’re 6-4, you have 85-inch reach. … It’s an unfortunate situation. We had one of the biggest fights of the year, and once again this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”