Daniel Cormier believes Jon Jones should fight his latest failed drug test tooth and nail because to suffer another ban would likely end his UFC career.
Jones tested positive for steroid turinabol at ahead of the UFC 214 light heavyweight title clash with Cormier in July and will now enter arbitration with the United States Anti-Doping Authority.
With Jones having tested positive for banned substances before, a ban is likely to be in the region of four years, which would virtually end the 30-year-old’s career.
“He has to fight this…this is a death sentence,” Cormier told FOX Sport 1’s UFC Tonight.
“If this does what it says it can be, it’s a death sentence.
“USADA is being very straight line, saying ‘due process.’ But the reality is you can’t fail a drug test.
“You can pass a hundred tests; you cannot fail one. And they’re saying we have to wait for the due process, but what are we waiting for? … You cannot test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. It’s unfair. I’m very upset about it.”
Times like these remind me how blessed I truly am. So much to be grateful for
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 27, 2017
Cormier went on to say that given Jones past misdemeanours and other poor decisions out of the cage, he feels Jones has no place in asking his fans to believe that he is innocent.
“This is a very expensive drug, something that could not be easily found in a supplement,” continued Cormier.
“I’ve been in the USADA program for 12 years. I’ve never had these issues. If it was a mistake the first time, you’ve got to be more careful. Especially with all the scrutiny that was on him coming back from a suspension, you’ve got to be cautious and careful. To expect people to understand anymore is just ridiculous.”
Cormier was re-instated by the UFC as the official light-heavyweight champion on Thursday, a day after Jones’ B sample returned positive from the lab.