UFC 214 is your stacked PPV of 2017. Three name fights plus a bevy of thrilling, ridiculously good struggles clutter the 12-fight occasion. Of course, the main event is that the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.
The principal card also comprises Tyron Woodley looking to retain his welterweight gold against 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 valid 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 vicious way possible. “DC” is a chain-wrestling specialist who works his best when he gets his opponent on the cage and can just chip away. In the clinch, he could work his strikes or use a multitude of takedowns to get on top of his competitor. And when Cormier is at the top, he clamps down on his opponent quickly, fluidly alterations and completely suffocates them.
The striking game is still quite meat-and-potatoes for Cormier, but it is effective. He moves ahead behind his jab and leg kicks, which he uses very well to fight larger than his small-for-the-division frame. He doesn’t precisely sport amazing knockout ability within his hands but his developing striking game is built to feed into his grappling.
Jon Jones (-270) is excellent at each element of the fight game, but his best physical feature comes thanks to his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the capability to chip off during the bout while periodically moving into hit crushing shots in near, usually along with his elbows. This leads to some other field of dominance in the former champ; the clinch. His length is an incredible advantage in tight and Jones has developed the technical capability to leverage that into catastrophic strikes.
Among the most intriguing aspects for Jones has always been his flexibility. During his career, we’ve seen him challenge his opponents to their strengths and still end up victorious. This, clearly, was most noteworthy when he outwrestled and outgrinded Cormier within their very first meeting.
As long as people get the Jon Jones of older, he should easily win this fight. In his prime, nobody can touch Jones and that he was likely the best fighter to ever step in a cage. If he looks anywhere as mediocre as he did in his final fight against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until somebody beats”Bones,” you can not pick against him.
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