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It may have been Daniel Cormier who broke the big news on FOX Sports 1, but the UFC was quickly on his heels with an official statement about the Mixed Martial Arts promotion’s light-heavyweight title picture.
In an official release the UFC confirmed Cormier’s announcement, that he has been named the UFC champion once more, and Jon Jones has been stripped of the accolade for a record breaking third time.
Jones was stripped of his world title for the first time after an indefinite suspension was handed down by the UFC when he was involved in a hit and run with a pregnant woman.
Then he was stripped once more for failing his UFC 200 drug test.
And today marks his third time, and it’s a record breaker.
Notably though, Jones only broke his own record, as no UFC champion in history has ever been stripped twice, let alone the new record of three times.
Here’s the UFC’s official statement: (via UFC.com)
UFC Statement On Light Heavyweight Title
“UFC was informed Wednesday that the result of the UFC 214 bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier on July 29 was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission. The ruling changes the Jones ‘win’ to a ‘no contest’ following a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected after Jones’ weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
As this was a title bout, Cormier will be reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion.”