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Daniel Cormier opened up on FS1’s “UFC Tonight” program on the future of his rival, Jon Jones. With their UFC 214 bout now officially a no contest, Cormier is champion once more. But what is Jones looking at, and does he deserve the benefit of any doubt at this point? Cormier really doesn’t think so (via press release):

“USADA is being very straight line, saying ‘due process.’ But the reality is you can’t fail a drug test,” Cormier said. “You can pass a hundred tests; you cannot fail one. And they’re saying we have to wait for the due process, but what are we waiting for? … You cannot test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. It’s unfair. I’m very upset about it.”

Cormier has a right to be upset. He faced a juiced up Jon Jones, and will likely never get to test his own legacy and ability against a clean rival. For most fans, Jones is the “real champion”, albiet now with a cloud of doubt surrounding him. Cormier doesn’t get the full benefit “undisputed” champs are supposed to have, and with a possible four-year ban for Jones, he may never get that chance. In Cormier’s mind, Jon has committed career suicide.

“He has to fight this. This is a death sentence. If this does what it says it can be, it’s a death sentence.”

He also doesn’t buy any excuses Jones may try to employ. In Cormier’s mind, if Jones didn’t want the consequences, he shouldn’t have failed a drug test... twice.

“This is a very expensive drug, something that could not be easily found in a supplement,” Cormier said. “I’ve been in the USADA program for 12 years. I’ve never had these issues. If it was a mistake the first time, you’ve got to be more careful. Especially with all the scrutiny that was on him coming back from a suspension, you’ve got to be cautious and careful. To expect people to understand anymore is just ridiculous.”


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