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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier buries Jon Jones over PED drama, ‘they never proved him innocent’

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Daniel Cormier has settled nicely into his role as commentator after being an active fighter and champion for many years, but certain old habits die hard. In this case, it’s beefing with Jon Jones, the primary antagonist of Cormier’s professional career. The two have traded digs for years, but a primary source of trash talk for Cormier has been Jones’ iffy history with drug tests.

To quickly recap: Jones has failed drug tests for cocaine, clomiphene and letrozole (the infamous dick pill situation), and finally turinabol over the years. As a result of all that drama, Cormier recently argued that Jones was unworthy of the greatest of all time (GOAT) debate, which pulled “Bones” back into the argument.

“DC you lost your last fight and then quit the sport,” Jones replied on Twitter. “Talk about being eliminated from the conversation. People will remember I was accused of steroids, they will also remember that I was proven innocent and able to continue with my career.”

Cormier has now answered again, pointing out that USADA never actually named Jones innocent. “You know what I don’t get about this guy? I don’t understand how he goes, ‘They proved me innocent.’ They never proved him innocent,” Cormier said on ESPN’s “DC and Helwani” show (transcription via MMAJunkie). “They never once said he was innocent, so I don’t get it. I don’t get how he can say that publicly and people can repeat it publicly that he was proven innocent.

“No, they said the drugs were found in his system, but through excessive cooperation or something – I can’t remember the word – they took his sentence back. It was never innocent.”

In fact, Jones’ suspension resulting from the Turinabol failure (which overturned his UFC 214 victory over Cormier) was reduced due to “substantial assistance,” which involves handing over information and really has little to do with innocence. Whether or not Jones snitched exactly, don’t expect Cormier to make friends with the soon-to-be Heavyweight.

“It is what it is, I still can’t stand the guy and retired, not retired, see him publicly, I’ll probably still get into it. It’s just the way it is.”

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