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UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test

/ 04:41 PM August 24, 2017

Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January.  AP FILE PHOTO

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.

READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test

The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.

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“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”

Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions.

“We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.

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Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.

“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “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.”

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He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”  Khristian Ibarrola /ra

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