Grudge match at UFC 214 Anaheim
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 30, 2017,
Jul 30, 2017, 10:43
Cormier can not have forgotten the fact that Jones is the only competitor to ever best him. The pair met previously at UFC 182, with Jones handing Cormier his only professional loss after five, hard-fought rounds. It didn't appear to be a good strategy for someone who fought as infrequently as Jones.
But Cormier's fortunes changed quickly in Round 3 after he ducked forward and walked right into a left high kick from Jones that caught the champion on the side of his head at the point of Jones' shin.
It was emotional to watch, as the veteran sobbed his heart out, being consoled by his trainers then the classy Jones.
Inside the octagon, though, Jones is still the masterful tactician who has dominated every opponent the UFC has thrown him away, including Cormier when they first fought in January of 2015.
Cormier backers, though, can take heart in the belief that his takedown defense could be sharper than it was against Jones 2 1/2 years ago.
"I thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and motivator..." "He has no reason to be ashamed". He has been a model champion, a model husband, a model father, teammate and leader. He is a model champion, and I aspire to be more like that man.
A former heavyweight champion and one of the most popular names in UFC history, Lesnar would need to rejoin the testing pool and serve the remainder of his suspension before returning, while he also under contract with the WWE until next year.
The prices for the women's featherweight title fight between Cristiane (Cris Cyborg) Justino (-1100) and challenger Tonya Evinger (+650) underscore the difficulty Cyborg has finding a foe.
Jones and Gustafsson met at UFC 165 in September 2013 and they put on an all-time classic with the American narrowly edging the decision.
A long feud between two of the best mixed martial artists in the world ended on Saturday in Anaheim, California, when Jon "Bones" Jones brutally stopped Daniel Cormier to win the light heavyweight belt once more in the main event of UFC 214.
But for Jones and Lesnar to square off, Jones would likely have to gain some weight, an idea he said he's open to. Jones tested positive for clomiphene and Letrozol, two anti-estrogen agents, and claimed innocence by stating that he was taking "dick pills".
And yet, Jones ran riot over Cormier, defending his belt with a mesmerizing blend of MMA-wrestling, elbows and everything in between. The setback further delayed his rematch with Cormier. He cried in the cage afterward.
Everything about Jones' behavior suggests he might have stronger feelings than he acknowledges.
Can Jon Jones still be considered the GOAT ahead of UFC 214? He won a decision over Ovince St. The Jackson-Wink MMA fighter was as focused as he's ever been on the scale and he came in at 204.5 pounds. Sandwiched in between those fights was a non-title victory over another pound-for-pound legend, Anderson Silva, as Jones' replacement on short notice at UFC 200. "It's the ideal time for me". I've trained so hard for this.