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UFC strips Jones of title, Cormier reinstated as champion

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UFC strips Jones of title, Cormier reinstated as champion

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The UFC stripped Jon Jones of the light heavyweight championship title on Wednesday following his positive drug test and reinstated Daniel Cormier as champion. Jones tested positive for a steroid prior to his July 29 title fight against Cormier, which he won in a third-round TKO. The second sample from Jones’s failed test also came back positive on Tuesday and the Cormier fight was subsequently ruled a “no contest” by the California State Athletic Commission. Jones, 30, was previously banned for a year after failing a doping test in the run-up to a title fight against Cormier in July, 2016. He was originally stripped of the title in 2015 following a hit-and-run incident. As a repeat offender, he faces a suspension of up to four years.

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