Last night, Jon Jones made a successful return, starching perhaps the second-greatest light heavyweight of all time, Daniel Cormier. “DC” did much of what he claimed he was going to do, which was come in emotion-free and just compete. He had clearly taken a lot of lessons from the first fight and looked much improved, scoring evenly with Jones on two of the three judges scorecards (see them) going into the third round. None of that mattered, though. Jones caught him leaning straight into a headkick and followed up with ground-and-pound that erased Cormier’s memory of what happened, left him twitching on the canvas, and turned his hopes and dreams into ugly tears. Jones, objectively, is probably the greatest of all time.
Jon Jones opened the post-fight interview overwhelmed with how much he impressed himself.
“Such a beautiful moment. Man, I did a lot of right things to get back in this position.”
He proceeded to be the Inspiring Jones he has always wanted to be. He was magnanimous to the fallen Cormier; and in truth, Jones owes a huge debt to Cormier. Up until he fought “DC,” he wouldn’t let the “real Jon Jones” into the open. He didn’t want to be hated, and ironically, that kept him from being loved. Cormier, by refusing to accept Jones’ sense of superiority or pay deference to him, brought out what lay underneath the pretensions of politeness: a savage certainty that he, Jon Jones, is better than everyone else. With “DC,” Jones was willing to be an asshole, and as it turns out, that’s all the fans wanted.
Now, the fans seem to want something else. Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones is a fight that makes no sense and all the sense at the same time. Jones called out Lesnar in the cage; Lesnar responded, telling the AP simply:
Be careful what you wish for, young man.
Dana White, of course, is on board with that, but clarifies that Lesnar has a six months suspension to finish out first; Jones will have to fight someone else in the meantime.
Dana White Discusses Jon Jones Win vs Cormier & Possible Brock Lesnar Match Up https://t.co/JyHtZiDM7e— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) July 30, 2017
Will we see Volkan Oezdemir, who knocked out Jimi Manuwa last night, get his shot? Or will we see the rematch that’s been brewing even longer than the Daniel Cormier fight? Alexander Gustafsson is ready and waiting.
@JonnyBones congrats Champ. Stop asking for retired fighters, I've been waiting to put my hands on you and so have all the fans.— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) July 30, 2017
In Other News
- Why?? Why are we doing this again? Who is asking for this fight? Dana White announced last night that because Tyron Woodley fought another boring fight against Demian Maia, Michael Bisping vs. Georges St. Pierre is back on. Why does Dana like throwing his own champions under the bus? At least Woodley has actually defended his belt against the top contenders...
- Lawler-Cowboy was the highlight of the night for me, and you can watch the highlights of that highlight here
- Cris Cyborg fought a measured fight against the game Tonya Evinger, and got the knockout from the clinch in the third round
- I was glad to see Brian Ortega vs. Renato Moicano get Fight of the Night, because it was genuinely awesome
What is McGregor doing? How does this help him prepare for Mayweather? I have so many questions.
When you got a Boxing match coming up but MMA is life pic.twitter.com/rYdSngxrCM— The MMA Bible (@TheMMABible) July 29, 2017
Dan Henderson will grapple with Sakuraba at RIZIN FF 7 in October
Hendo: "I'm excited to compete against a legend like Mr. Sakuraba. It should be fun. Looking forward to maybe choking him, or something." pic.twitter.com/N5sGvv08mG— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 30, 2017
Tenshin Nasukawa fought last night in RIZIN. Here is what he is capable of.
A little background on Tenshin:
Against the current Lumpinee champion at the time. This kid has over 125 fights with a 97% win percentage. Undefeated as a pro— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) July 30, 2017
Here is how his fight last night played out:
Tenshin is 18
The phenom, Tenshin Nasukawa pic.twitter.com/UDd4ZSBmcQ— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) July 30, 2017
Other highlights, in case UFC 214 didn’t satisfy your appetite for violence.
Ciprian Maris having fun in the cage (TKOd Szogyenyi Attila in 1R – HL) - RXF 27 pic.twitter.com/CdafHI0eao— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) July 29, 2017
Someone with “oh my god” power
Julian "The Hawk" Jackson is widely recognised as the hardest P4P puncher in boxing history.— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) July 23, 2017
Find out why..... pic.twitter.com/tycqmBxf94
Enjoy your Sunday, Maniacs!