Daniel Cormier was sent reeling by the news last July that Jon Jones had been hit with a flag from USADA, and now the former champ’s in a similar situation, all over again.
On Tuesday, USADA announced that Jones has been flagged for a potential doping violation. According to the statement, a sample that was collected from Jones, one day prior to UFC 214, is behind the flag. Jones took out his longtime rival Cormier in the third round at the July 29th event.
Since news of the violation, MMA Fighting reached out to Cormier, and the decorated wrestler had this to say:
“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” Cormier said. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.
“We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.
“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.
It’s a pretty understandable reaction from Cormier, considering what took place last summer prior to UFC 200, and what went down last month. It’s also a class reaction, in terms of the fact Cormier isn’t taking the opportunity to trash Jones, and is going to wait and see what happens.
Leading up to UFC 214, Cormier questioned whether Jones used PEDs in the past. Following his doping violation last year, the light-heavyweight champ’s team was able to prove that a sexual enhancement pill Jones took, was tainted with banned substances. As a result, Jones received only a one year suspension.
But, if Jones and his team can’t prove something similar happened here, the 30 year-old will be facing a multi-year suspension. The controversial fighter’s management has already announced they plan to have the samples retested.