Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC 214: “Cormier vs. Jones 2,” which went down last night (Sat., July 29, 2017) inside the Honda Center and airing live on pay-per-view (PPV).
The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a Light Heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones which saw “Bones” knockout “DC” in the third round to reclaim his 205-pound title. In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley held on to his Welterweight title by outclassing Demian Maia in what really was a lackluster affair (see it).
Biggest winner: Jon Jones
After a year away from action, Jon look as dominant as ever, taking out Cormier with a spectacular head kick that dropped his bitter foe, only to end the fight with vicious ground-and-pound.
The win solidifies Jones as the greatest ever, as he has yet to truly taste defeat inside the Octagon. On top of that, his past few years of nothing but turmoil in and out of the cage will sooner disappear now that Jones is back on top. He even showed great sportsmanship after the win, willing to try and bury the hatchet with Daniel, though he wasn’t feeling the same way.
Runner Up: Volkan Oezdemir
There’s no denying it now, this man is for real. The jury was still out on Volkan, even after taking Misha Cirkunov rather quickly in his previous fight. But after absolutely crushing Jimi Manuwa in under a minute (recap), Oezdemir silenced all the doubters and put himself on the map as a threat to the 205-pound title. Whether or not he gets next crack at Jones, remains to be seen, but if he was giving a shot over Alexander Gustafsson, I wouldn’t have a problem with it at all. Not after that performance.
Biggest Loser: Daniel Cormier
Admittedly, it was a bit tough to see the way Cormier handled his loss to Jones, his longtime bitter rival and the only man to ever defeat him inside the cage...twice. People tend to forget, while they are mean fighting machines, these fighters are human, and losing is a tough pill to swallow, especially after waiting for so long to try and avenge your first and only loss. “DC” now finds himself at a crossroads in his MMA career, as a trilogy fight against “Bones” is something that will not -- and should not — ever happen. Even if he somehow manages to work his way back up to the top, it will be a hard sell. What makes the tough even harder, is the Jones was actually trying to honestly call a truce, but Cormier let his emotions get the best of him — or perhaps he still wasn’t all there. I get the feeling it will be a while before “DC” back in the cage.
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