The UFC light heavyweight championship was returned to Daniel Cormier after Jon Jones tested positive for Turinabol leading up his victory over Cormier at UFC 214. Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler, isn’t sure what to think about that.
“I was there. I fought. In my mind, I lost a competition, but if it was an unfair competition — I shouldn’t have been in it,” he told ESPN. “It’s a hard question. I guess I do feel like the champion, because I know I was the champion before all this happened. I don’t know. It’s a difficult question to ask someone like me.”
Jones lost his belt after defeating Cormier in their first matchup at UFC 182 after he tested positive for cocaine, then was unable to get it back after he tested positive for steroids prior to their fight at UFC 200. His positive test leading up to their fight at UFC 214 leaves a lot of questions to be asked.
For instance, why would Jones take a steroid the night prior to the fight when he knew he was going to be drug tested? He tested negative for Turinabol on both July 6 and 7 and those were surprise tests, so why when he knew he would be tested would he knowingly take an oral steroid?
Spending time as an Olympic wrestler has helped Cormier understand the rigorous testing schedule of the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA). He also knows how pre-workouts can have hidden ingredients in their proprietary blends and USADA has caught many athletes for positive tests because of just that.
However, having passed all of those tests on his own with those pre-workouts available to him, he wasn’t making any excuses for Jones.
“The hardest part is, why hasn’t this happened to me?” he said. “If all these supplements are so easily messed with, why haven’t I tested positive in 12 years? I’ve been in this program for 12 years because of wrestling. Why haven’t my supplements been tainted?
“Why haven’t I taken something that made it easier for me to get out of bed in the morning? That’s where the frustration comes from.”
For now, Cormier retains the title once and earns it after a loss, something about which he isn’t complaining.