Jones won the UFC light heavyweight title by beating Cormier and now he no longer has that victory. But the UFC controls its title belts and the promotion has been on record saying it won’t strip the title until the completion of the adjudication process done by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner.
If the belt does get stripped, it’s still unclear on whether Cormier gets it back or it becomes vacant.
A message left for comment to a UFC spokesperson was not answered immediately Wednesday.
Jones tested positive for Turinabol in an in-competition test taken after weigh-ins July 28. He beat Cormier a day later by third-round TKO, but that will now no longer appear on either man’s official record.
Jones’ team has denied that Jones took any prohibited substance intentionally, saying he must have taken a tainted supplement and that he would not ingest a steroid knowingly. Jones himself has not spoken publicly about the matter.
Last year, Jones tested positive for two banned substances, Letrozol and clomiphene, and was pulled out of a title fight with Cormier at UFC 200 three days prior to the event. Jones was suspended one year for the infraction.
Being that he is now a repeat offender, Jones is facing an even lengthier ban—up to four years by USADA. CSAC also has jurisdiction over the case, because the fight took place in Anaheim, Calif.