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Daniel Cormier calls USADA, UFC, CSAC officials ‘jokes’

Daniel Cormier
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

When it comes to Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier has been known to get fired up from time to time and he let everyone have it after hearing about his rival’s latest drug-related debacle.

Jones was scheduled to rematch Alexander Gustafsson in the light heavyweight championship main event of UFC 232 next Saturday in Las Vegas, but news broke Sunday that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not permit Jones to fight after they discovered a drug-testing abnormality in a urine sample collected on Dec. 9. A statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency noted that the trace found is “consistent with residual amounts from his prior exposure for which he was previously sanctioned.”

The 31-year-old was only recently granted a temporary license by the California State Athletic Commission to compete again after the resolution of a 15-month suspension for a second failed drug test. CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi that Jones has already taken a test in California and the results were negative, so his fight with Gustafsson and the UFC 232 card are being moved to Los Angeles this week.

Cormier has twice fought Jones, losing a unanimous decision to him back at UFC 182 in January 2015 and then again losing to him at UFC 214 in July 2017 via third-round KO. The latter result has since been overturned to a no-contest after Jones tested positive for turinabol.

Now the reigning heavyweight champion (as well as the light heavyweight champion until Jones and Gustaffsson settle their business), Cormier took to Twitter to call out the USADA, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky, Foster, and Jones’s repeated claim that the amount of the banned substance discovered in his last drug test failure “was like taking a pinch of salt and throwing it in an Olympic size swimming pool.”

Cormier called the USADA, Novitzky, and Foster “joke” before giving his approval to the NSAC for denying Jones a license to compete in Las Vegas.

When the story first made the rounds, Cormier had a simple, one-sentence response:

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