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Daniel Cormier wishes Jon Jones 'good luck' with his drug rehab after crushing UFC 182 loss

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

"I am aware of Jon's test, and if there is anything to say it is this: There are a lot of people you impact, so please let's get it together. Good luck on your rehab!"

If there is anyone on the planet who could derive pleasure from the misfortune of Jon Jones, it would be the man who just dropped a heart-breaking five-round unanimous decision to him at UFC 182 last weekend at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Of course, that man is Daniel Cormier, who after months of trash talk and training, missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime (watch video highlights here). He was visibly, and admittedly, crushed during the UFC 182 post-fight press conference (watch replay here).

Meanwhile, Jones poured salt in his wounds, talking about how he didn't respect Cormier and hoped he was "somewhere crying right now." But, after Jones tested positive for a cocaine metabolite (benzoylecgonine), a result that was announced just this afternoon (full details here) even though the surprise out-of-competition test was administered about one month ago (full details here), Cormier took the high road, wishing "Bones" good luck with his recovery (via

With the disappointment so fresh, it would seem easy for Cormier to demand Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) award him an immediate rematch and/or petition Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to overturn the result to a "No Contest."

Even if he did, that probably wouldn't happen because of the nature of the test and the drug detected.

Nonetheless, there will forever be a virtual asterisk beside Jones' victory within the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. And it will be up to Jones, not Cormier, to go back and make things right, especially if he wants to secure that legacy.

Kill him with kindness, Cormier, at least for now, because there will be more than enough time to hang it over Jones' head until he gets what he wants, a rematch, whether he deserves it or not.