Tonight marks one of the most anticipated bouts in recent MMA history, with Jon Jones defending his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Daniel Cormier.
Jones and Cormier, who refused the traditional stand-off at yesterday’s weigh in event (pictured above), have engaged in one of MMA’s most heated feuds. Their rivalry culminated in an out-of-the-cage altercation last year at a UFC media event, where the two came to blows.
Tonight, they will headline a strong offering from ZUFFA. Streaking lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone fights undefeated rising star Myles Jury in the co-main event.
The main card starts at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT, and we’ll have live play-by-play here. We’ll also offer results for the preliminary bouts. Remember to hit refresh for the latest update!
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Bantamweights/Catch-Weight: Marion Reneau defeats Alexis Dufresne by decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Welterweights: Omari Akhmedov defeats Mats Nilsson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweights: Evan Dunham defeats Rodrigo Damm by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweights: Shawn Jordan defeats Jared Cannonier by KO (punches) at 2:57 of round one
Bantamweights: Cody Garbrandt defeats Marcus Brimage by TKO (punches) at 4:50 of round three
Lightweights: Paul Felder defeats Danny Castillo by KO (spinning back fist) at 2:09 of round two
Main Card (PPV)
Welterweights: Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman
Burkman’s first UFC appearance since 2008. His MMA career is highlighted by a win over a faded Jon Fitch — and he’s thus a massive (+550) underdog against the former Cuban Olympian Lombard.
Round One: Right hand lands from Burkman as Lombard advances. Burkman looking for kicks on the outside. Burkman with a hand combo. Leg kicks from Hector and a right hook. Burkman switching from Southpaw to orthodox, action is slow — both guys “chip-shotting” each other to little effect. Body kick from Burkman. Leg kick from Lombard, who is continuing to advance. Lombard with a left hand late in the round. Not much to separate them here. 10-9 Burkman.
Round Two: Burkman with a good body kick but he’s lumbering around looking tired. Lombard advancing and hitting his hand combo’s. Lombard gets his clinch but isn’t trying a takedown. Lombard moving forward, Burkman looking for a check hook, neither landing much. Good knee lands for Lombard. Burkman bleeding from the mouth — hands down to bring Lombard in, but fails to hurt him with counters. Lombard stalking and out-landing him. 10-9, Lombard.
Round Three: Lombard finally goes for the takedown, get it immediately and passes to side control. Burkman escapes to his feet but eats punches in the clinch and leg kicks. Possible groin kick from Lombard is shrugged off by Burkman. Lombard continuing to stalk and Burkman back-pedaling. Leg kicks landing hard as time winds down. 10-9, Lombard.
Hector Lombard defeats Josh Burkman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Not the most exciting bout, but Rogan praises Lombard’s patience. Still:
Nobody enjoys watching people be patient, Joe.
— CagePotato.com (@cagepotatomma) January 4, 2015
Next, a bland Connor McGregor interview. Weirdly so, none of his usual charm…
Flyweights: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Louis Gaudinot
Gaudinot another of the night’s biggest underdogs, at one point eight-to-one and now +450. 24 year old Horiguchi a hard-hitter just under the top ten at flyweight, trained by “Kid” Yamamoto.
Round One: Both guys darting in and out quickly. Gaudinot with a leg kick. Horiguchi tries a flying knee. Horiguchi with a 1-2. Heavy leg kick from Gaudinot. Front kick from Horiguchi. Both Gaudinot & Horiguchi with a lot of movement but not much offense. Gaudinot’s occasional leg kick and combo carrying the round. Horiguchi clinches Gaudinot to the cage, briefly takes Gaudinot down, who scrambles rights back up. Gaudinot, 10-9.
Round Two: Good body kick from Horiguchi, then punching combo — he’s getting more aggressive (finally). Brief stoppage due to a groin kick from Horiguchi. Gaudinot goes for a standing arm triangle in the clinch. Re-start and great head kick from Horiguchi. Big punching combo’s from Horiguchi send Gaudinot reeling to the cage. He keeps bouncing in and out, staying out of reach then hitting hand combo’s — often ending with a heavy kick. Horiguchi whips him to the mat and lands hammer-fists as time expires. 10-9, Horiguchi.
Round Three: Good right from Gaudinot. But Horiguchi shows more of the same, staying just a little more aggressive and getting his hand combo’s. Odd stat is given — that both fighters have traveled a mile within the Octagon with all their movement. Not sure how they measured that. Boo-birds are out as time expires. 10-9, Horiguchi.
Judges decision on the way…
I'm grateful for that performance. Ppl were whispering re title shots w/ Horiguchi. He's good, but needs a lot more time. This slows things.
— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) January 4, 2015
Kyoji Horiguchi defeats Louis Gaudinot by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweights: Brad Tavares vs. Nate Marquardt
Old vet Marquardt was once a title contender, Tavares is looking to get there. Marquardt’s win over James Te-Huna has given some momentum but he’s still a slight underdog to Hawaii’s Tavares — who has lost two straight.
Round Two: Tavares looking much bigger, shrugs off Marquardt as he tries to initiate a clinch. Good leg kick by Marquardt. Nice 1-2 by Tavares backs Marquardt off. Marquardt with a high kick. Right hand counter from Tavares, and a leg kick. Slow action here, as in the rest of the evening. Boo-birds out. Tavares with a high kick as time expires. Not much separating these two, I’ll go Tavares 10-9.
Round Two: Marquardt catches a body kick and spins Tavares to the mat. Tavares right back up. Good leg kicks by Tavares. Marquardt shaken up a little here, eating jabs as the Hawaiian mixes up his attack. Slow though, and the boo’s are raining in. 10-9 Tavares.
Round Three: Nice leg kicks carrying the day for Tavares, along with the occasional jab. Good sprawl from Tavares. Marquardt backing away and not getting much offense in. Action is slow and I find myself arguing about Ray Sefo’s place in K-1 history on Twitter as the crowd boo’s. 10-9, Tavares.
Brad Tavares defeats Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
It’s been a slow night, but Cerrone on the way to the cage, with his usual entrance music, wakes us all up:
I've never been so happy to hear Kid Rock.
— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) January 4, 2015
Lightweights: Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury
“Cowboy” Cerrone a minor favorite against the undefeated young gun. Here we go!
Round One: Jury with a quick takedown, Cerrone entangles the arm in an omoplata. Jury rolls out and Cerrone uses the hold to sweep. Cerrone in side control then back control — into body triangle. Jury defending off his back. Cowboy staying aggressive, looking for choke then armbar, but time expires. 10-9, Cerrone.
Round Two: Cerrone shrugs off a takedown and begins establishing his leg kick. Jury on the retreat. Neither guy landing the jab but Cerrone’s leg kicks carrying the action. Cerrone stalking — Jury lands a few as he advances, but not enough to turn the tide. A few boo’s, as the action is slow. Knee to the body landing nicely from Cerrone as they get close. 10-9, Cerrone.
It’s been a slow night and some of the press is getting mean:
This card has been so boring that all the lawsuits against the UFC have been dropped. #UFC182
— MMA Roasted (@MMARoasted) January 4, 2015
Round Three: More of the same from Cerrone, who is carrying the action with his leg kicks and the occasional hand combo. Jury answers with a solid right, but Cerrone right back at him with a hard head kick. Cerrone defends all Jury’s takedowns and whips him to the mat. Cerrone winds up with heavy leg kicks to end the bout. 10-9, Cerrone.
— Tommy Hackett (@tommy_hackett) January 4, 2015
Donald Cerrone defeats Myles Jury by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Light Heavyweights: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title
Not asking for this fight to be Misaki-Santiago or Alvarez-Chandler, just please be dramatic, competitive and satisfying in some combination
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) January 4, 2015
Here we go! Jones enters the cage a -190 favorite — both guys get a mix of cheers and boo’s. They touch gloves…
Round One: Jones dwarfs Cormier, wow. Jones with wild kicking and punching. Good elbows as Cormier struggles to get inside. Jones throws Cormier to the mat off a caught kick. Leg kicks from Jones. Cormier stuffs a Jones takedown. 1-2 from Cormier. Good straight left and front kicks from Jones. Jones with a good knee to the body, then a good straight left to the body. They exchange hand combo’s. Good knee to the body from Jones, uppercut from Cormier lands hard to Jones’ chin. 10-9, Jones.
Round Two: Jones with good body kicks. Cormier in on a takedown, Jones looking for a standing guillotine. Jones escapes, lands a right. Cormier backs Jones to the cage and lands a body kick as they disengage. Jones with a good elbow as they clinch. Cormier hits his uppercut. The action slows… they disengage again, and Jones hits a high kick. Up against the cage again, Cormier looking for uppercuts. Good right from Cormier. Back center, Cormier closing out strong with hand combo’s. 10-9 Cormier.
Round Three: Cormier walks through some kicks to land some punching combo’s. Side kick lands from Jones. Jab from DC. Eye poke from Jones stops the action. Jones lands a front kick to restart, and stops a DC takedown. Big elbow from Jones. Cormier hits an uppercut/hook combo. Oblique kick from Jones. They clinch to the cage again, Jones just leaning on Cormier. Good knee to the body from Jones. DC avoids a flying knee and backs Jones up with punching combo’s. DC takes Jones to the mat, or did he pull guard — and lands punches at the bell. 10-10.
Round Four: Jones landing his kicks, backs DC up finally. Jones with a big takedown but DC right back up. Jones with another takedown and gets half guard. DC up but eating knees and elbows. Jones taking control now. Jones pressing DC against the fence. Jones with punches to head and body, plus a kick to the leg, in the clinch. DC disengages, hits a heavy leg kick. Knee to the body from Jones as they clinch. 10-9, Jones.
Round Five: DC tries a takedown but is stuffed. Jones advancing, DC with an uppercut. Jones presses him against the cage. Action slowing down now and the crowd boo’ing. Jones looks to take DC’s back standing, Cormier circles away. Cormier trying hard for a takedown but no dice. DC finally lifts Jones and tosses him to the mat, but Jones right back up. Elbow from Jones, uppercut from DC. Jones raises his hands in victory before the final horn, then blasts DC with a left. DC with a punching combo in return, at least one after the horn. 10-9, Jones.
Jon Jones defeats Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Great fight! See you next time!!!