UFC 214 is your very piled PPV of 2017. Three title fights plus a bevy of exciting, ridiculously good fights litter the 12-fight event. Obviously, the most important event is the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.
The main card also features Tyron Woodley looking to retain his welterweight gold from UFC stalwart Demian Maia. Plus, we see Cyborg finally go after the new-ish women’s featherweight title when she takes on the tough Tonya Evinger.
Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones
Daniel Cormier (+210) has a valid claim to being the very best technical wrestler to ever grace the Octagon. The former Olympian is all about controlling his opponent and grinding out victories in the most barbarous way possible. “DC” is a chain-wrestling specialist who works his finest when he puts his opponent about the cage and can just chip off. From the clinch, he can work his strikes or use a multitude of takedowns to get on top of his competitor. And if Cormier is on top, he clamps down on his opponent quickly, fluidly transitions and completely suffocates them.
The game that is striking is still very meat-and-potatoes for Cormier, but it’s effective. He moves ahead behind his jab and leg kicks, which he uses very well to battle larger than his small-for-the-division framework. He does not exactly sport amazing knockout ability within his hands but his developing striking game is built to feed to his grappling.
Jon Jones (-270) is excellent at each element of the fight game, but his greatest physical attribute comes thanks for his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the ability to chip off throughout the bout while periodically moving in to hit devastating shots in near, usually with his elbows. This results in another field of dominance from the former champ; the clinch. His span is an unbelievable asset in tight and Jones has developed the specialized capability to leverage that to catastrophic strikes.
Among the most intriguing aspects for Jones has ever been his versatility. Throughout his career, we have seen him challenge his opponents with their strengths and end up victorious. This, clearly, was most notable when he outwrestled and outgrinded Cormier in their very first meeting.
So long as people get the Jon Jones of older, he should easily win this fight. In his prime, nobody can touch Jones and he was probably the best fighter to step inside a cage. If he looks anywhere as fair as he failed in his final fight against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until someone beats”Bones,” you can’t select against him.
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