UFC 214 is the PPV of 2017. Three name fights plus a bevy of thrilling, ridiculously fantastic struggles clutter the 12-fight event. Of course, the most important event is the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.
The principal card also features Tyron Woodley trying to retain his welterweight gold from UFC stalwart Demian Maia. Pluswe see Cyborg eventually 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 legitimate claim to being the best technical wrestler to ever grace the Octagon. The former Olympian is all about controlling his competitor and grinding out victories in the most barbarous way possible. “DC” is a chain-wrestling specialist who works his best when he gets his opponent on 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 when Cormier is at the top, he melts down on his opponent quickly, fluidly transitions and absolutely suffocates them.
The game that is striking is still quite meat-and-potatoes to get Cormier, but it is effective. He moves forward behind his jab and leg kicks, which he utilizes well to battle larger than his small-for-the-division framework. He doesn’t precisely sport amazing knockout skill within his hands but his growing striking game is built to feed to his grappling.
Jon Jones (-270) is excellent at every element of the fight game, but his best physical feature comes thanks for his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the ability to chip off during the bout while periodically moving in to hit crushing shots in near, typically along with his elbows. This leads to some other area of dominance in the former champ; the clinch. His length is an incredible advantage in tight and Jones has developed the specialized ability to leverage that to devastating strikes.
One of the most intriguing aspects for Jones has always been his flexibility. During his career, we’ve seen him challenge his competitors with their strengths and end up victorious. This, clearly, was most noteworthy when he outwrestled and outgrinded Cormier within their very first meeting.
As long as we get the Jon Jones of old, he should easily win this battle. In his prime, nobody could touch Jones and he was likely the best fighter to step inside a cage. If he seems anywhere as mediocre as he failed in his final fight against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until someone beats”Bones,” you can’t pick against him.
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