Apparently you can still be a champion even after getting knocked out in your last fight.
Such is the case with Daniel Cormier, who lost his belt to Jon Jones in dramatic fashion at UFC 214, but with Jones failed drug test – and the UFC having no choice but to strip the cheater of his title – it appears Cormier is back to being king.
Here’s the UFC’s official statement:
UFC was informed Wednesday that the result of the UFC 214 bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier on July 29 was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission. The ruling changes the Jones ‘win’ to a ‘no contest’ following a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected after Jones’ weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
As this was a title bout, Cormier will be reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion.