UFC 214 is your most stacked PPV of 2017. Three name fights plus a bevy of thrilling, ridiculously fantastic fights litter the 12-fight occasion. Of course, 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 trying 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 legitimate claim to being the 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 best when he puts his opponent about the cage and may just chip away. From the clinch, he can either work his strikes or use a large number of takedowns to get in addition to his competitor. And when Cormier is on top, he clamps down on his opponent quickly, fluidly transitions and absolutely suffocates them.
The game that is striking is still very meat-and-potatoes for Cormier, but it is effective. He moves forward behind his jab and leg kicks, which he utilizes well to fight bigger than his small-for-the-division framework. He doesn’t exactly sport amazing knockout ability in his hands but his developing striking game is constructed to feed into his grappling.
Jon Jones (-270) is excellent at every aspect of the battle game, but his greatest physical attribute comes thanks to his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the capability to chip away at fighters during the bout while periodically moving into hit devastating shots in near, usually along with his elbows. This results in some other area of dominance in the former champ; the clinch. His span is an unbelievable asset in tight and Jones has developed the specialized ability to leverage that into catastrophic strikes.
One of the most intriguing aspects for Jones has always been his versatility. During his career, we’ve seen him challenge his competitors with their strengths and end up victorious. This, of course, was most noteworthy when he outwrestled and outgrinded Cormier within their first meeting.
As long as people get the Jon Jones of old, he should easily win this battle. In his prime, nobody can touch Jones and he was likely the best fighter to ever step in a cage. If he looks anywhere as mediocre as he failed in his last fight against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until somebody beats”Bones,” you can not pick against him.
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