The UFC reinstated Daniel Cormier as light heavyweight champion, handing the title back to Cormier.
“DC” lost to Jon Jones earlier this year, but Jones failed a pre-fight drug test and faces a likely suspension.
As co-host of “UFC Tonight,” Cormier offered his thoughts on Jones and becoming champion once more.
“I lost the fight. That’s how I felt. But Dana White called me today and said if it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen and because of that, the championship is getting returned to me,” he said. “If he cheated, he could not have fought and won the fight. Financially, it’s a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for the vacant title. I’m taking the belt. He disqualified himself before the fight. So it didn’t happen, and I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do.
“You don’t cheat the sport, cheat the fans or me. Jones, you have all the physical advantages. You’re 30 years old. You have an 85 inch reach. I’m 38 years old. I would love to wake up and take stuff so I don’t have to walk down my stairs sideways. But I don’t. Once again, this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”
Jones has been the only fighter to defeat Cormier inside the cage, but one of those will be changed to a no-contest now.
“I think it’s crazy. USADA is being very straight line, saying he gets due process, but the reality is, you can’t fail a drug test,” he said. “You can pass 100 tests, but you can’t fail one. We have to wait for due process, but what are we waiting for? They tested the A sample, they tested the B sample. If there’s anything, you can’t test positive. It’s unfair. I’m very upset about it.”