UFC 214 is the piled PPV of 2017. Three title fights and a bevy of exciting, ridiculously fantastic fights litter the 12-fight occasion. Obviously, 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 looking to retain his welterweight gold against UFC stalwart Demian Maia. Pluswe see Cyborg eventually go after the new-ish women’s featherweight title when she takes on the demanding 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 about controlling his competitor and grinding out victories in the most vicious way possible. “DC” is a chain-wrestling specialist who works his finest when he puts his opponent on the cage and may just chip away. In the clinch, he can either work his strikes or use a multitude of takedowns to get on top of his competitor. And when Cormier is on top, he clamps down on his opponent quickly, fluidly transitions and completely suffocates them.
The game that is striking is still quite meat-and-potatoes to get Cormier, but it’s effective. He moves ahead behind his jab and leg kicks, which he uses very well to battle bigger than his small-for-the-division frame. 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 each element of the fight game, but his greatest physical feature comes thanks for his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the capability to chip away at fighters throughout the bout while periodically moving into hit devastating shots in close, usually with his elbows. This results in some other area of dominance from the former champ; the clinch. His length is an incredible advantage in tight and Jones has developed the specialized capability to leverage that to catastrophic strikes.
One of the most intriguing aspects for Jones has always been his flexibility. Throughout his career, we have seen him challenge his competitors with their strengths and end up victorious. This, clearly, was most noteworthy when he outwrestled and outgrinded Cormier in their first meeting.
So long as we get the Jon Jones of older, he should easily win this fight. In his prime, nobody could touch Jones and he was probably the best fighter to step inside a cage. If he looks anywhere as fair as he did in his final struggle against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until somebody beats”Bones,” you can’t select against him.
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