After Jon Jones’ B-sample from UFC 214 tested positive for steroids, the CSAC ruled his fight with Daniel Cormier a ‘no contest’. Dana White informed DC that he would be reinstated as the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Cormier had very mixed emotions about the whole situation. He felt that he fought and lost to the better man. However, that better man was caught trying to manipulate the system to be the better man. It looked bittersweet for Cormier to accept the verdict handed down from the higher-ups.
“I talked to Andy Foster (CSAC) and was like, ‘man I lost the fight’. Dana White called me today and he said if it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen. If one of (us) would have missed weight or he won the fight; I still would have kept the belt. Because of that, the championship is getting returned to (me). The fight is a no contest. If he cheated, he could not have fought and cheated and still won the fight.
Once again, I’m the UFC champion. People will say stuff like, ‘Well, you got handed the belt’.
He cheated and the reality is, for me to say ‘I don’t want this title’ when I was going to be in championship fights anyway… Financially, it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion, as opposed to fighting for a vacant title.
You don’t cheat the sport, you don’t cheat the fans, and you don’t cheat me. You have all the physical advantages, sir. You’re 30 years old, 6-4, with an 85 inch reach. I’m 38-years-old. I would love to take stuff; Wake up every morning and not have to walk down my stairs sideways.
It’s an unfortunate situation. We had one of the biggest fights of the year and once again this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”