Daniel Cormier Responds To News Of Jon Jones’ B Sample And Regaining His Title
Daniel Cormier has been widely outspoken against nemesis, Jon Jones. None more so than now in the wake of the former light heavyweight champion’s most recent drug controversy. The closely matched pair squared off most recently in UFC 214 in July with the result originally falling Jones’ way after he knocked Cormier out. The decision has since been overturned to a no-contest and the title reinstated to Cormier.
The two began their feud back in 214 when a brawl was sparked during the duo’s square-off prior to UFC 178. Both fighters came off looking bad after the brawl, however, Jones’ poor behavior in the wake, as well as multiple drug controversies, has given Cormier significant reason to dislike his main opponent.
In August, Jones tested positive to the USADA-banned steroid Turinabol. The doping allegations came soon after serving a 1-year ban for testing positive to clomiphene and letrozole in 2016.
In light of the controversy, Cormier has branded the more recent testing a “Death Sentence”. However, he has lashed out at USADA for undertaking such a ‘by the book’ approach to the matter considering it is Jones’ 3rd infraction, including his cocaine misdemeanor.
“USADA is being very straight line, saying ‘due process.’ But the reality is you can’t fail a drug test,” Cormier said. “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.”
However the investigation will run its course, and if found guilty, Jones will spend up to four years on the sidelines. Cormier may be right in his condemnation of Jones to a ‘death sentence’ as he would be beyond his prime at age 34 especially without fight fitness.
Jones will, however, contest the allegations and positive sample results until the end, just like he did after UFC 200. It is hard to see USADA handing down anything less than the full penalty given his poor track record.
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