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Daniel Cormier reinstated; UFC 214 result overturned strips Jon Jones of championship

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After being knocked out by Jon Jones at UFC 214, Daniel Cormier has the championship reinstated and Jon Jones has the title stripped as the result is overturned by the California Athletic Commission.

Daniel Cormier revealed the reinstatement of the championship on FS1’s UFC Tonight. “(UFC President) Dana White called me today, and he said if it’s a no-contest then the first didn’t happen,” Cormier said. The long-time rival of Jon Jones was knocked out at UFC 214, but the result was changed to ‘no-contest’ by the California Athletic Commission, stripping Jon Jones of his victory for the title.

Jones faces the chance of receiving a four-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and could also be punished further by the CSAC, which monitored the July 29th event. Jon Jones’ team claims a contaminated supplement is to blame and the decisions would be appealed. The case could stretch for several months if Jon Jones goes to arbitration.

This is the third time Jon Jones has had the title stripped from him during the course of his career. He was stripped of the title the first time after causing a pregnant woman to have a broken arm in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in April 2015. Jones took a please agreement from prosecutors and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.

Jon Jones completed his requirements for probation and returned to the cage to beat Ovince Saint Preax in an in term UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight following the forced withdrawal by Cormier from UFC 197. A unifying title match between Jones and Cormier was set for UFC 200, but Jones failed a pre-fight drug test, which caused the USADA to hand down a one-year suspension that would begin November 2016 for Jon Jones.

Jon Jones (21-1-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) was first flagged for Turinabol, a banned steroid. If he is banned by the USADA, Jones would be stripped and Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) would be reinstated by UFC President Dana White. Jones’ initial failure for the drug was supported and confirmed by a positive B sample, bringing the decision from the California Athletic Commission. If Jon Jones is given the four year suspension, it could possibly bring his UFC career as an MMA fighter to a premature end.

Warren Peace