Sports Report: UFC reinstates Cormier as champion after Jones' positive drug test

06:27  14 september  2017
06:27  14 september  2017 Source:   theScore

Jon Jones’ B sample from UFC 214 also positive for steroid turinabol

  Jon Jones’ B sample from UFC 214 also positive for steroid turinabol Jon Jones is now likely to go to arbitration with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in an attempt to clear his name. That process could take anywhere from three to six months. His representatives have maintained his innocence.Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) faces up to a four-year ban for his second doping violation and could be stripped of his title, according to UFC President Dana White.The potentially long penalty factors in Jones' first USADA doping violation, which resulted in his scratch from a title unifier with Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 200.

UFC president Dana White, who is expected to speak with media members late Tuesday, shot down reports that Jones , 30, had been immediately stripped of his belt and that Cormier was reinstated as champion .

The UFC have refused to name the banned substance Jones tested positive for, but reports White admitted should Jones be found guilty, Cormier will be reinstated as champion and Jones may never fight in MORE: Dana White says Jon Jones ’ UFC career could be over after latest failed drug test .

  Report: UFC reinstates Cormier as champion after Jones' positive drug test © Troy Taormina / USA TODAY

Daniel Cormier is once again the UFC light heavyweight champion after Jon Jones' July 29th win was overturned due to a positive drug test.

As per Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com, Cormier confirmed to "UFC Tonight" that UFC President Dana White told him he's the titleholder once again, one day after the California State Athletic Commission overturned Jones' victory.

"If it's a no-contest, then the fight didn't happen," Cormier said. "(White) said, 'If one of you guys would have missed weight, he would have won the title, but you still would have kept the belt. Because of that, the championship is getting returned to you.'"

The decision marks the third time in Jones' career that he's been stripped of the title.

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