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UFC 214 preview: 'Jones vs. Cormier 2'

30 July 2017, 08:37 | Randolph Howard

GETTY Jon Jones former UFC light-heavyweight champion

Jon Jones

It's likely the deepest MMA card of the year thus far Saturday night at UFC 214 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, highlighted by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for Cormier's light heavyweight title.

He will face the tough task of countering Maia's takedowns and jiu-jitsu with the Brazilian now on a seven-fight win streak as he hopes to hold UFC gold for the first time in his long career.

Daniel Cormier posed this question to Jon Jones ahead of their light heavyweight title fight this weekend. He had a auto accident with a pregnant woman and fled the scene of the crime (only to come back to recover some weed).

The next day a warrant was issued for his arrest. If Cormier wasn't Jones' bitter enemy, the UFC light heavyweight champion probably could could give sound advice to Jones, the troubled former champ. Anderson Silva agreed to be a late replacement, and Cormier did the only thing he could against one of his heroes: He pinned the Spider to the mat for most of their three rounds, earning an easy victory and boos from fans who have embraced Jones' antihero ethos more than Cormier's good-guy life. Cormier has been talking up the theory that Jon has been on steroids for the majority of his UFC career, something that clearly irks Jones. The very first pay-per-view event to arrive on the service will be UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2. Cormier is coming in with odds of +210 to prevail.

The last time Jon Jones was inside the octagon, he defeated Ovince Saint Preux via decision and looked to have a lot of ring rust in April of past year.

Jose Aldo lost to Conor McGregor in 13 seconds, but while the McGregor sycophants believe that makes the Brazilian featherweight a bum who was never that good to begin with, pretty much everyone else recognizes that a single loss on a single night doesn't wipe out everything the longtime champion accomplished before he stepped into the cage at UFC 194. This led to a one year suspension of Jones by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the Nevada State Athletic Commision.

Jones comes into this fight motivated to prove to all that he truly is the best in the world and this is an opportunity for him to stake his claim historically as the sport's best fighter. "Those are things I will not do Saturday night".

The UFC has released the sixth and final video of their "Embedded" series for UFC 214. Six fighters will go for gold and all extra baggage that that entails should keep any MMA fan interested. Jones instead fought Ovince Saint Preux, on short notice, at UFC 197 and beat him by unanimous decision. That was a consistent dynamic in their first fight: Cormier would press forward, only for Jones to lace him with long-range strikes like kicks and straight punches as he pressured.

This was devastating to the psyche of Cormier. He doesn't just beat his opponents; he breaks them, turns even the proudest, most ruthless fighters into quivering bowls of jelly. But after several fight postponements due to Jones' misconduct outside the cage and Cormier's injuries, the much-anticipated rematch seemed to lose a bit of its lustre that it would've had save a year ago. He never even had a chance to impose his smothering style.

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This mooted matchup looks like a waste of time.

Over and over in their first fight, Jones pulled off some variation on this sequence. As for Jones, the fight represents the overcoming of his old self and the subsequent redemption of the new Jones.

"I don't know, man", Cormier said.

"I think he's a f-kin' great guy".

"I think there's a lot of different ranges of Jon Jones", his striking coach Brandon Gibson said.

Jones says the opponent means little.

Jones has certainly brought out some negative elements in Cormier's personality.

"There are no reasons as to why I shouldn't get my hand raised on Saturday", Cormier said.

Submission wins over Neil Magney and Carlos Condit were backed up by a recent split decision victory against Jorge Masvidal.

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