Daniel Cormier Reponds to Jon Jones “Atypical” Drug Test: “USADA = Joke”

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Daniel Cormier had some choice words — one, really — for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after the latest drug test snafu by former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had words for a number of targets following the latest Jon Jones doping scandal. One word, mostly. “Joke.” Which is very much what he feels the situation is. To recap: On Sunday, it was announced that an “atypical” test result had turned up for Jones. A recent USADA screening detected a picogram of Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), or turinabol, the substance behind Jones’ most recent suspension. While USADA has accepted that the trace amount is the result of the substance (unidentified to date) that caused Jones’ original drug test failure following UFC 214, it has forced the promotion to move UFC 232 to California.

That’s because the Nevada Athletic Commission wasn’t prepared to give this one a pass. Something not lost on Daniel Cormier, who vented his frustration with USADA, California State Athletic Commission head Andy Foster, and UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitsky. In short, he sees the entire debacle as a “joke,” and understandably so. The CSAC has agreed to license Jones despite the atypical result, allowing the show to go on, albeit in another state.

Jones has tested positive twice for performance-enhancing substances in his career. Despite being tested multiple times since his last drug test failure in 2017, this is the first instance Jones has had atypical results.

Cormier, of course, has had a long and heated rivalry with Jones. The pair first met in 2015, when Jones won a unanimous decision at UFC 182. The loss was the first of Cormier’s career. They were booked again for UFC 200, but a failed drug test by Jones saw him off the card at the last minute. Though they did meet a second time at UFC 214, the outcome (originally a knockout for Jones) was overturned to a No Contest when he again failed his drug test.