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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.

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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.

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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.”

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The verdict is in, and it isn’t good for Jon Jones.

The UFC interim light heavyweight champion received a full one-year suspension from the USADA for a doping violation that was reported this past July, according to an official release Monday.

On Oct. 31, Jones became the first fighter to enter an arbitration case with the USADA. His attorney, Howard Jacobs, was confident his client would get a reduced suspension after the agency’s independent testing corroborated their defense that Jones accidentally used a tainted supplement. Instead, Jones will be ineligible to compete until July 6, 2017, retroactive to the date when the violation was reported.

Jones was removed from UFC 200 three days before the event when news of his failed test broke. Estrogen blockers were found in Jones’ out-of-competition sample collected on June 16. Those substances are banned due to their potential use in steroid cycles.

The UFC‘s statement emphasizes that “the decision indicates no evidence of Jones’ intentional use of banned substances.”

Jones’ legal team presented the three-person arbitration panel with a tainted supplement defense, claiming that the substances entered Jones’ system without his knowledge. Conversely, the panel found that “Jones’ degree of fault was at the very top end of the scale,” which resulted in them issuing the full suspension.

The arbitrators elaborated on their decision in an extended statement published by the USADA, specifically referring to Jones previously pointing to a sexual-performance enhancer as the origin of the violation:

“On the evidence before the Panel, the Applicant is not a drug cheat. He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of what he pungently referred to as a ‘dick pill’ he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars. This outcome which he admits to be a wake-up call for him should serve as a warning to all others who participate in the same sport.”

The 29-year-old fighter won an interim belt in his last appearance in April when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in a championship unification bout in the main event of UFC 200, but that bout was canceled in light of Jones’ positive drug test.

A meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission still awaits Jones, which could result in further sanctions.

As of Monday, Jones was still listed on the UFC’s website as the interim champion at 205 pounds, but that status is likely to be rescinded shortly.

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UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler says the promotion won’t fine Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones for their failed drug tests, according to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.

Both fighters can still be fined by the state athletic commission, and will face sanctions from the USADA, after reportedly both testing positive for the estrogen-blocking substance clomiphene.

Lesnar’s UFC 200 competitor, Mark Hunt, threatened to leave the promotion if he wasn’t awarded at least half of his opponent’s $2.5-million purse. If the Nevada Athletic Commission does sanction Lesnar, their bout would be deemed a no-contest, but Hunt likely wouldn’t receive any of the prize money.

Jones was informed of his positive test just days before his scheduled title fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.

Lesnar produced positive drug samples at both in-competition and out-of-competition tests.


Brock Lesnar’s in-competition drug-test failure from UFC 200 is allegedly due to the presence of clomiphene, one of the banned substances that Jon Jones also tested positive for according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
Clomiphene is an estrogen blocker that is notable for its application in balancing testosterone levels during and after a cycle of steroid use.
The news of Lesnar’s fight-night doping violation broke on Tuesday. It comes on the heels of both he and Jones being busted by USADA for out-of-competition samples, with Jones being removed from UFC 200 when the infraction was revealed three days before the event on July 9.
Lesnar’s out-of-competition test results were not available until July 15.
The former heavyweight champion would go on to compete at UFC 200, where he defeated Mark Hunt. However, Lesnar now potentially faces a fine, a suspension, and the overturning of his win depending on the result of his appeal.
For Jones, the particulars of his violation were revealed at a meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday. Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, the latter also a substance designed to repress estrogen production.
Later that day, Jones tweeted that he and Lesnar “are not in the same boat” with regards to their respective violations, though it’s unclear if he was aware of the circumstances of Lesnar’s drug tests.


Jon Jones’ B sample from his recent drug test violation has also tested positive for a banned substance, confirmed a USADA spokesperson to multiple outlets.
The news comes after Jones was officially removed from the main event of UFC 200 in Las Vegas this upcoming Saturday as a result of a USADA violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.
A B sample was immediately submitted and put through an expedited testing process.
“The B sample that was requested has confirmed the findings of the A sample,” Ryan Madden told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
There was no comment from either USADA or Jones on what substance he tested positive for, though recreational drugs have been ruled out as they are not tested outside of competition.
Jones and his team are now expected to enter an appeals process to avoid receiving the standard penalty of a two-year suspension.
The 28-year-old interim UFC light heavyweight champion was scheduled to face rival Daniel Cormier to unify their respective titles, but he will instead be replaced by Anderson Silva.