Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier overturned to no contest
The hits just keep coming for Jon Jones.
On Wednesday, the California State Athletic Commission officially overturned Jones’ win against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 to a no contest.
California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster confirmed the news following an initial report from MMAFighting.
The commission’s decision to overturn the fight to a no contest comes as a result after USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) confirmed that Jones’ ‘B’ sample was positive for the steroid Turinabol. Jones’ ‘A’ sample had already been returned previously showing the same steroid in his system.
While Jones’ win has been overturned to a no contest, UFC officials have not made any statement regarding the light heavyweight title. The UFC could allow Jones to keep the title until his adjudication process plays out or they could opt to strip him of the belt and hand it back to Cormier. The UFC could also vacate the title completely and book a new fight to determine a champion.
As for Jones, the win on his record is no more and now he awaits the opportunity to not only appear before the California commission to answer for the positive drug test but he will also have to deal with USADA as well.
Jones faces up to a four-year suspension from USADA because he is a repeat offender after testing positive for two different banned substances last year. In that particular case, USADA confirmed that Jones had taken a tainted sexual enhancement product but still found him negligent and gave him a maximum one year suspension.
Now Jones faces potential penalties from both the California commission and USADA after returning a positive drug test from a sample provided on July 28 — just one day out from his fight against Cormier.