Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Cormier’

UFC 182: Jones v Cormier

The B sample from Jon Jones’ failed drug test before his light heavyweight title fight at UFC 214 confirmed the presence of an illegal substance, sources told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

Jones had been flagged by the USADA for testing positive for an anabolic steroid called Turinabol after defeating Daniel Cormier for the title. He faces a four-year suspension and loss of his title due to the positive test.

Jones has denied knowingly taking steroids and his team says it is investigating how the positive test happened, but the failed B sample likely means that any reasoning that is found won’t stop a USADA suspension.

The result of the UFC 214 main event has yet to be modified, though it will likely be changed to a no contest and Cormier will be returned the light heavyweight title. The UFC can only strip Jones of the title, while the USADA can levy a suspension.

Jones passed a blood test, though the substance in question is not detectable through that means of investigation.

Advertisements
960x0

Malki Kawa is confident he knows the cause of Jon Jones’ failed drug test from UFC 214.

He is so confident, he would be willing to bet almost everything.

Kawa, the manager for the embroiled UFC star, expressed both shock and irritation during an interview with The MMA Hour on Wednesday, and stated with clarity that he believes he knows exactly what caused Jones to test positive, according to Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com.

“I can almost bet my life on it that this is another tainted supplement,” Kawa said.

“The problem that we’re having with that is that he passes all of the random tests, but then the one test that we know about, the one that we for sure know about, is the one that we fail? So, something here is not sitting right. I’m assuming it’s the supplements we took. We just obviously got to get to work on it, see what was taken that month, that three-week period, that week of the fight, and figure it out from there.”

Kawa did confirm that Turinabol was the anabolic steroid found in Jones’ initial sample, and that he plans to send “an expert” to make sure Jones’ B sample is taken and examined with the utmost care.

“It’s amazing that you can go from being at the very top of the mountain, everything that you can possibly do to gain the respect the admiration of everyone involved, fans, family members, the people in the UFC, just everyone, teammates, other fighters, and then to go from that, everything he’s been through to finally doing everything perfect – because last time he was being negligent, right? – this time he was being perfect and double-checking everything to (prevent) something like this from happening to him,” Kawa said.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s unreal, and we’re all pretty much shocked. We’re all shocked and devastated.”

Daniel Cormier

Dana White is open to giving Daniel Cormier his gold back.

Speaking to the media regarding Jon Jones’ failed UFC 214 drug test on Tuesday, White said Cormier – who lost the light heavyweight belt to Jones at the event – would be reinstated as champion if Jones ends up getting stripped of the title.

“As far as I’m concerned, Cormier would be the champion.” White said. “The only guy he’s ever lost to in his whole career is Jon Jones. He was the champ, he’s the champion if Jones (is stripped).”

Jones’ failed test stems from a sample taken a day before the rematch, and while he’s been provisionally suspended per the USADA protocol, White maintains he has to “go through the process” with the promotion’s anti-doping program until a verdict on his status on champion can be rendered.

Jeff Novitzky, who oversees the agency’s program, did not divulge the banned substance behind Jones’ failed test, although TMZ reported Tuesday that anabolic steroid Turinabol was the culprit.

If Jones did indeed test positive for Turinabol, he’ll be facing as much as a four-year suspension, given his status as a repeat offender. He’ll also be facing sanctions from the California State Athletic Commission, the sanctioning body of UFC 214, which took place in Anaheim.

jones-ufc

Jon Jones got his redemption.

With a massive third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday, the longtime light heavyweight champion took down his archrival in convincing fashion to regain the belt.

The long-awaited rematch, finally getting the pair of superstars back in the Octagon for the first time since 2015, started off just about as even as one could expect. After Jones and Cormier traded blows in the stand-up game for the first two frames, the status of the scorecards was anyone’s guess.

Everything changed when they returned for the third.

Catching a leaning Cormier in a compromising position, Jones connected on a vicious head kick that left the defending champ stunned. “Bones” promptly took advantage and jumped in for the finish, getting his opponent to the ground and delivering a series of nasty blows.

The thrilling victory pushes Jones’ career record to an outstanding 23-1, further cementing his case as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.

Jones was nothing but complimentary of Cormier after his victory, taking a step away from their bitter war of words to express admiration for who Cormier is as a man.

Then, leaving no uncertainty about the challenge he seeks next, Jones grabbed a microphone to call out Brock Lesnar.

20140220031640_5d3_0871

He may not have asked for the role, but Daniel Cormier has no qualms about playing the villain.

After seeing fight fans casually turn on him over the course of his bitter rivalry with Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champ nearly went full heel after defending his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210, belittling a cageside Jones and basking in the boos his words evoked. Speaking recently to former WWE superstars Edge and Christian – no strangers to heel turns themselves – Cormier admitted he’s had to come out of his shell as a result of his unenviable place in the court of public opinion.

“Lately I’ve been having to do a little more talking because the fans have, they’ve kind of turned on me – which is okay,” Cormier said, according to MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “I get it. It’s okay. But I kind of relate myself to Roman Reigns, John Cena, those types of guys. Guys that are supposed to be good guys but the fans just have something that they don’t like, something that doesn’t resonate with them. So I’ve kind of been having to talk a little bit more and it’s refreshing.”

While the masses have rallied behind the oft troubled Jones, the comparatively straight-laced Cormier continues to draw their ire, a disparity he attributed to Jones’ trials outside the Octagon.

“People don’t want to be told, ‘I’m good so you should cheer for me.’ Jon Jones is a guy that has made a lot of mistakes, so maybe people relate to him more. They go, ‘Forget this Daniel Cormier goody two-shoes, him and his kids and his family. I want the guy that does coke and parties and crashes cars. That’s the guy I want.’

“Maybe I’m not cool enough because I go to work, I fight, when I’m not fighting I go back and I go to my kids’ soccer and baseball games. That’s what I do. I go to wrestling. I’m not out partying. I’m not out doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Maybe I’m just too boring but I’m fine with it. I like my life.”

And yet, Cormier is still pining for a chance to right the only wrong on his professional record, a unanimous decision loss to Jones suffered at UFC 182. The long-awaited rematch is reportedly being targeted for UFC 214 this summer, and the champ won’t rest easy until he’s rid himself of the blemish.

“It sounds good. Jon and I have been scheduled to fight five times and we’ve fought once. I hope that everything gets done and we get to fight in Anaheim because he’s my white whale. He’s that guy I have to go chase down, I have to get it done. So me and my legacy, for my sanity, for me as a competitor, I have to stand across the octagon from Jon Jones again and win this time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the latest fighter to throw his support behind the embattled Nick Diaz.

“It’s wrong, it’s 100 percent wrong and I hope it’s overturned,” Cormier told MMAFighting.com’s Dave Doyle of Diaz’s suspension.

In what many around the sport considered a grave injustice, the Nevada State Athletic Commission hammered Diaz with an unprecedented five-year suspension after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites following UFC 183 in January.

“I thought it was horrible,” Cormier said. “You try not to pay too much attention to the internet. But I’ve got twitter, and you see things. Sometimes you see some of the other things guys have done. And you see, compared to what Nick has done, I understand Nick is a repeat offender, but there’s no reason to, I mean, come on. Five years?”

Anderson Silva – Diaz’s opponent at UFC 183 – tested positive for PEDs before and after the bout, and was only handed a one-year suspension by the NSAC.

“He should have gotten a harsh punishment, but it went above and beyond,” Cormier said. “A lot of that has to do with the way Nick lives his life. He is who he is, man. Fighters love Nick Diaz. We all love him. He is who he is. He’s not going to apologize for being who he is.”

Despite being in Diaz’s corner, Cormier will not be joining the growing legion of fighters willing to boycott Nevada in protest.

“If I didn’t want to fight in Las Vegas, it would be because when I went to my commission meeting, they didn’t even know my damn name,” Cormier said. “That pissed me off more than Nick Diaz. I don’t care, I’ll fight anywhere I get paid. But they didn’t even know my name. They were all ‘Hey Floyd! Hey Jon Jones, you’re great! Oh you, what’s your name again?'”

We officially have a women’s title fight scheduled for Las Vegas.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Cat Zingano at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, according to a report on Wednesday.

“UFC Tonight” confirmed with Dana White that the women’s title fight is official for the Vegas card, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Rousey (10-0) has risen to become one of the UFC’s top attractions and currently holds a tight grip on the women’s bantamweight division as the 135-pound champion. All 10 of Rousey’s wins have come via finish, her last two being knockouts in the first round. Only Miesha Tate has gone beyond the first round with Rousey, getting submitted later in the fight via armbar.

Zingano (9-0), like Rousey, hasn’t tasted defeat in her career. In her nine fights, Zingano has gone the distance only once, picking up finishes by submission or knockout in all her other outings.

UFC 182 is scheduled to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. The Rousey-Zingano fight will serve as the co-main event.