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Daniel Cormier reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion

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Daniel Cormier is back to being the UFC light heavyweight champion.

Cormier said Wednesday on UFC Tonight that he spoke with UFC president Dana White earlier in the day and White told him he is the titleholder again. UFC spokesperson Lenee Breckenridge confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday night that Cormier has been reinstated as champ.

Jon Jones defeated Cormier to win the belt at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. But Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test and the ‘B’ sample confirmed the positive test Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) overturned the fight to a no contest — no longer a win for Jones.

Therefore, Cormier is back to being the champion.

“If it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen,” Cormier said. “[White] said, ‘If one of you guys would have missed weight, he would have won the fight, but you still would have kept the belt. Because of that, the championship is getting returned to you.’ The fight is a no contest. If he cheated, he could not have fought and cheated and still won the fight.

“Once again, I’m the UFC champion.”

Source:: mma fighting