Respect: UFC’s Daniel Cormier Defends Nemesis Jon Jones

Troubled UFC star Jon Jones has found an unlikely ally in nemesis Daniel Cormier. The two light heavyweights headlined UFC 214 in a highly anticipated rematch, but Jones was forced to vacate the win after failing another drug test. Cormier and Jones have a well-documented history of animosity towards one another, but Cormier jumped on the Gram to defend his mortal enemy in a time of crisis.

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

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“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.”

Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones, whose two brothers, Arthur and Chandler, play in the NFL, just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He’s crashed a few cars (one into a pole, one into a pregnant lady) and habitually failed drug tests. Sometimes for cocaine, but mostly for steroids. Jones is big on the juice.

The highly anticipated rematch against Daniel Cormier was delayed because Jones was suspended for an entire year from the UFC for using steroids, a decision which he successfully appealed. Upon being reinstated, he knocked Cormier out in three rounds, only to immediately fail another drug test. He tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol, prompting the California State Athletic Commission to officially overturn the fight to a no contest.

UFC president Dana White also made the decision to strip the light heavyweight title from Jones and give it to Cormier. To clarify, this is the second time that Jones has beaten Cormier and had the win stripped for doping, and the third consecutive fight he’s forfeited after testing positive for failing drug tests.

Though he is MMA’s biggest star not named Conor McGregor, it’s unclear if he will ever fight in the UFC again.