Despite his rivalry with Jon Jones and all that conspired inside of the cage at UFC 214 this past July, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is giving “Bones” the benefit of the doubt during his current battle with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Even after finding out that Jones tested positive for a banned substance collected one day prior to their fight at UFC 214, Cormier has remained relatively calm. The reinstated UFC light heavyweight champion understands that Jones is facing a potential “death sentence” if found guilty of his second USADA offense, but “DC” is also urging fans to take a step back and let Team Jones figure everything out.

“Life can be such a roller coaster. I think sometimes you have to just take a moment and breathe it in,” Cormier wrote in a recent Instagram post (shown above). “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 [your] support for me by hurting others. Again I thank you for ur unbelievable support and I trust that you guys will come [through] again.”

This is a very nice message by the champ, especially considering he and Jones have grown to form one of the biggest rivalries in combat sports history, but it does very little to help alleviate the speculation being created by fans. After all, this isn’t the first time Jones has disappointed his followers and burned massive bridges in the process.

Considering Cormier has now lost twice to Jones — even though Jones’ UFC 214 knockout victory was recently overturned to a no contest — he’ll likely be holding out hope that the former light heavyweight king avoids a crippling four-year suspension so he can have one more shot at dethroning him. Until that happens, Cormier, along with everyone else, will have to sit back and see how this familiar soap opera plays out.

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