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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.