Jon Jones : Stripped again from his title

Jon Jones

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"Guys now I call upon you to take a breathe [sic], lay off of Jones".

The second sample from Jon Jones's failed test also came back positive and the Cormier fight was subsequently ruled a "no contest" by the California State Athletic Commission.

Now former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones responded to a follower in regards to his steroid use on Thursday, denying any wrongdoing.

"I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love. Let's respect that. You don't show ur support for me by hurting others".

Jones has maintained his innocence since the announcement and Winklejohn says that supplement manufacturers have put different kinds of substances in their products to make sales.

Cormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star.

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Upon hearing the news, the UFC brass officially stripped Jones of the light-heavyweight title and reinstated Cormier as their 205lbs division champion.

Jones, 30, was previously banned for a year after failing a doping test in the run-up to a title fight against Cormier in July, 2016.

The controversial fighter, who has been stripped of his belt - for the third time in as many years - now faces a ban of up to four years.

"I can't believe we are going through all of this again", he said in a prepared statement.

If Jones' violation is upheld, his career could be facing a death sentence.

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