Jon Jones officially has the first no-contest of his professional mixed martial arts career.
The California State Athletic Commission has announced it has overturned Jones’ third-round knockout victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 into a no-contest. News of the decision, reported by MMA Fighting, comes just one day after results of Jones’ B sample also tested positive for anabolic steroids.
The commission’s decision leaves the UFC with one of its own to make. With Cormier entering the cage as the defending UFC light heavyweight champion, and the bout now ruled a no-contest, logic would indicate that, at the very least, Jones is not the rightful champion. The UFC, as Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting notes, is in control of its championship belts, and has previously stated it will not strip Jones of the title until he finishes his adjudication process with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency — the body responsible for collecting Jones’ failed sample.
Raimondi notes it is currently unclear if Cormier will simply regain the title, or if the championship will become vacant.
Jones’ positive drug test on July 28 marks the second time in a little more than 12 months that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. His first go-round with USADA resulted in a 12-month ban last July, despite successfully arguing that the positive drug test resulted of a tainted male-enhancement supplement. If found guilty this time around, he may be facing a ban of up to four years.
Jones and his team have vehemently denied any wrongdoing, again believing the test to be a result of a tainted supplement.