Cormier torn over receiving UFC title after Jones tests positive
Daniel Cormier is unsure how to feel after he was reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion following Jon Jones' failed drugs test.
The title was returned to Cormier after shamed fighter Jones tested positive for Turinabol leading up his TKO victory over the former Olympic champion at UFC 214 in July.
Jones, 30, lost his belt after defeating Cormier in their first matchup at UFC 182, having tested positive for cocaine, then was unable to get it back following a positive test for steroids prior to their fight at UFC 200.
"I was there. I fought. In my mind, I lost a competition, but if it was an unfair competition -- I shouldn't have been in it," Cormier told ESPN.
"It's a hard question. I guess I do feel like the champion, because I know I was the champion before all this happened. I don't know. It's a difficult question to ask someone like me."
Life can be such a roller coaster. I think sometimes you have to just take a moment and breathe it in. You never know what's gonna come your way. You try and handle it the best way you can. One thing that has been amazing is the support from you the fans. I have never felt so much love. It's crazy because this all happened when I lost. Guys now I call upon you to take a breathe, lay off of Jones. Let him and his team figure out what's going on and what happened. I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love. After the fight Jones showed compassion, regardless of what has happened as humans we must show compassion. Jon is not on this ride alone, remember this man has a family. Let's respect that. You don't show ur support for me by hurting others. Again I thank you for ur unbelievable support and I trust that you guys will come thru again. DC@layziethesavage
Spending time as an Olympic wrestler has helped Cormier understand the rigorous testing schedule of the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA).
He also knows how pre-workouts can have hidden ingredients in their proprietary blends and USADA has caught many athletes for positive tests because of just that.
However, having passed those tests on his own with pre-workouts available to him, he was not making any excuses for Jones.
"The hardest part is, why hasn't this happened to me?" he said. "If all these supplements are so easily messed with, why haven't I tested positive in 12 years? I've been in this program for 12 years because of wrestling. Why haven't my supplements been tainted?
"Why haven't I taken something that made it easier for me to get out of bed in the morning? That's where the frustration comes from."