Jon Jones would be champ if not for his problems outside of the cage. Daniel Cormier wouldn’t be champ if not for those problems Jones can’t seem to avoid. Tonight, these two will rematch in the UFC 214 main event, and hopefully the resolution gives us our light-heavyweight division back.
Jones starts out using every inch of his insane reach advantage, side-kicking the hell out of Cormier’s knees and flicking that jab out like it’s a striking serpent. Cormier responds by nailing with an uppercut that sends Jones’ mouthpiece flying – yikes. He keeps moving forward, and Jones trips him to the ground. Cormier’s up in an instant, but he’s trying to walk cautiously into range and the former champ is really dinging him up. Jones eats a couple big punches here and there, but he’s definitely scoring more.
Cormier makes some adjustments in the second, turning up the pressure by timing his forward movement with his punches, and he manages to clip Jones and force him to backpedal quite a bit. They’re engaging, and unlike in their previous fight, Cormier is scoring. At one point he even trips Jones to the canvas, although Jones spins away and DC falls flat on his face for his efforts. The round ends and, dare I say it, Cormier might have won it.
Round 3 opens with Cormier still walking forward and Jones staying mobile while lacing him with kicks from all angles and punches over the top. And then it happens… Jones totally nails Cormier in the face with a high-kick, and Cormier is on roller skates, trying to recover. Jones doesn’t let him, instead blasting him with a kick to the body, a knee and punches, and Cormier goes down. Jones is on him in a flash, and though Cormier struggles to get up, Jones bombards him. In no time, Cormier is out.
Jon Jones is your new light-heavyweight champ. Here’s hoping he doesn’t screw this one up!
Results: Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier via KO (Punches) at 3:01, R1