UFC strips Jones, re­in­states Cormier as 205-pound cham­pion

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LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — The UFC has stripped its light heavy­weight ti­tle from Jon Jones for a third time and re­in­stated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound cham­pion af­ter Jones’ lat­est failed dop­ing test.

The mixed mar­tial arts pro­mo­tion an­nounced its de­ci­sion Wed­nes­day af­ter the Cal­i­for­nia State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion changed the re­sult of Jones’ vic­tory over Cormier on July 29 to a no­con­test.

Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stop­page at UFC 214 in Anaheim, Cal­i­for­nia. Last month, USADA an­nounced Jones had vi­o­lated the UFC’s dop­ing pol­icy with a sec­ond pos­i­tive test.

The Cal­i­for­nia com­mis­sion made its no-con­test rul­ing af­ter Jones’ backup sam­ple also failed a U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency test for the same sub­stance, the banned steroid Turin­abol.

Cormier (19-1) has never lost to any op­po­nent ex­cept Jones (22-1), the trou­bled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavy­weight ti­tle for most of the pre­vi­ous two years while Jones was largely side­lined by dis­ci­plinary is­sues.

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