In an unprecedented turn of events, the California State Athletic Commission have decided to rule UFC 214’s Cormier/Jones II as a no-contest, something that would presumably lead to Cormier’s reinstatement as champion.
It’s been a crazy time for the UFC’s light-heavyweight division recently and things just got a whole lot crazier as MMAFighting’s Marc Raimondi and Ariel Helwani reported that the California State Athletic Commission have decided to overturn the result of UFC 214’s main event showdown between champion Daniel Cormier and the man who defeated him in Jon Jones after it emerged that ‘Bones’ had tested positive for PED’s in the fallout of the fight.
The matchup was, of course, years in the making and following Jones’ rather public troubles with both the law and USADA, Cormier’s opportunity to avenge his original defeat to his great rival at UFC 182 was one that ended in a brutal defeat by way of third-round TKO.
Now, after the revelation that Jones was not clean during that fight, Raimondi tweeted the following today.
CSAC will be overturning the Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier result this morning due to Jones' failed drug test. Story coming to @MMAFighting.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) September 13, 2017
His colleague, Ariel Helwani, followed up on this by drawing attention to the fact that this was a situation that is perhaps unlike anything the promotion has ever seen and will more than likely cause severe confusion in the already-muddled 205lb title picture in the months to come.
If the fight ended in a NC on fight night for some freak reason, Cormier would retain the belt. So I’m interested to see what UFC does now.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 13, 2017
Not much else is known right now but we will keep you informed as this story unfolds and the CSAC make their official statement.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena