The news that Jon Jones failed a drug test heading into UFC 182, and has entered rehab, immediately rocked the MMA world, but think what it must have been like for Daniel Cormier. The latter, of course, faced Jones on Saturday night, and lost by unanimous decision to his longtime rival.
Since Jones reportedly tested positive for cocaine metabolites, which is not a banned, out of competition drug, it looks as though his victory will stand. Further, as of Wednesday, the UFC has not announced if Jones will receive any kind of disciplinary action.
Well, MMA Junkie.com caught up with Cormier after yesterday’s bombshell, and here is some of what “DC” had to say about the headline grabbing news.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t change the result of the fight,” Cormier said. “It’s more sad than anything.”
“I thought this is a guy who has kids and this guy needs to be a positive light for a lot of people,” he said. “I don’t really feel like I look at him any differently. I just want the guy to get help and just be like a guiding light for people, to be a positive influence.
“You see glimpses of it, like him giving clothes to the homeless on Christmas. You just kind of hope that he can make that how he is all the time.”
So, it will be interesting to see what unfolds with Jones and the light-heavyweight picture in the coming months. Prior to yesterday’s news, all signs pointed to Jones fighting the winner of Alexander Gustafsson-Anthony Johnson on January 24th, sometime in mid 2015. That could very well still happpen.
As far as Cormier, the decorated wrestler is dealing with this situation in a pretty classy way no? Especially when you consider his beef with Jones.
Cormier went 15-0 prior to facing Jones at UFC 182, and remains the light-heavyweight division’s #2 ranked contender, following Saturday’s defeat.