warned to expect "malicious and violent things to happen" when the pair stepped inside the Octagon last night (Sat., Jan. 3, 2015) in the main event of to settle their score once and for all.
That's exactly what happened -- in both directions.
There was no dicking around as these two went to war right out of the gate, with "Bones" getting "DC" to the floor -- the first time that's ever happened in the Olympian's career. But Cormier was willing to go punch-for-punch and kept it interesting.
It got even more interesting in round two -- because it was a bloody dogfight. Every time Jones landed a patented elbow, Cormier punished him with an uppercut. Fans oohed and aahed with every strike. Round three brought more of the same, as well as the first eye poke from Jones, which drew a timeout and a warning from referee Herb Dean.
Then Jones, clearly the fresher fighter after 15 mins of war, took over in round four and scored two emphatic takedowns, then an extra one at the bell for good measure. Cormier spent most of the fourth frame getting picked apart and landed very few strikes.
The final frame came and a tired "DC" had nothing left. He landed a final takedown but got beat up to end the contest.
Prior to the fight, Cormier asked Jones to prove he was the Olympian's equal.
He did one better and proved he was superior.
Jones has now won nine consecutive world title fights against the very best competition, including the previously undefeated Cormier,, , , and , among others. His mixed martial arts (MMA) resume, and legacy, is already seemingly second-to-none.
Simply the best.
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