The fans were not the only ones who were caught off guard by this news.
That news is of course that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed an in-competition drug test at UFC 214. As a result of that failed drug test, Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the CAC (California Athletic Commission).Jones defeated Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California to regain the title. The event aired on PPV (pay-per-view).
As a result of all of all of this, UFC President Dana White spoke with the media after his Tuesday Night Contender series in Las Vegas, Nevada at the TUF Gym to talk about this latest Jones controversy. White won’t go on record whether or not he will strip Jones of the light heavyweight title but it’s very likely.
It should be noted that this marks the third time Jones has been removed as UFC champion (including last year’s interim belt). This is something that you simply cannot deny that he is attempting to find new ways to rewrite the history books. With Jones being a repeat offender, USADA will likely throw the book at him as he is facing a much longer ban than the twelve months he received after failing for clomiphene and letrozole last year.
UFC fighters caught wind of the biggest news story thus far this week and took to Twitter to react to the news. You can see their tweets below:
White and other UFC officials have to do some thinking here. They could go in two different directions. Either way, it’s not going to be easy. So you might be wondering about what are their options. Well, here it is. They could and most likely award Cormier the title due to Jones technically not beating him, and he will go onto defend it. The second option is if Cormier decides to retire as an active MMA competitor and they will need to have two fighters fight for the vacant title. Time will tell how all of this plays out.
You also have to wonder what the future holds for Jones now. If he does receive a four-year suspension then it could easily spell the end of his career as a professional MMA fighter.
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