Daniel Cormier Medically Suspended for 45 Days After UFC 210 Win

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2017

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 08: Daniel Cormier reacts after his rear choke submission victory over Anthony Johnson in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 210 event at KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Daniel Cormier received a medical suspension of at least 45 days following his victory over Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 last Saturday, MMAjunkie reported Tuesday.

Cormier submitted Johnson in the second round to run his professional record to 19-1.

The New York State Athletic Commission also suspended Johnson for 30 days, which may not matter since the 33-year-old retired after losing to Cormier.

When Cormier is eligible to return to the Octagon, a potential rematch with Jon Jones looms. As FloCombat's Duane Finley tweeted, UFC doesn't exactly have a wealth of marquee opponents for the current light heavyweight champion:

Jones was in attendance at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, to see Cormier beat Johnson firsthand.

Jones is serving a yearlong suspension for a failed drug test prior to his bout with Cormier at UFC 200. The punishment is in effect through July 6.

"If you're in class and you get suspended, you don't get to compete," Cormier said of his rival, per Sherdog's Tristen Critchfield. "Until [Jones] gets his academics in order, he can't talk to me about a fight. When he's eligible, then we can talk about a fight."

 

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