UFC 214 is the PPV of 2017. Three title fights and a bevy of thrilling, ridiculously good fights litter the 12-fight event. Obviously, the main 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 trying to retain his welterweight gold against UFC stalwart Demian Maia. Pluswe see Cyborg finally proceed 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 opponent 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 can just chip away. In the clinch, he could either work his strikes or utilize a multitude of takedowns to get in addition to his opponent. And when Cormier is at the top, he clamps down on his opponent quickly, fluidly transitions and absolutely 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, he utilizes well to battle bigger than his small-for-the-division framework. He doesn’t exactly sport amazing knockout ability within his hands but his growing striking game is constructed to feed into his grappling.
Jon Jones (-270) is excellent at each element of the battle game, but his best physical attribute comes thanks to his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the capability to chip away at fighters during the bout while occasionally moving into hit crushing shots in near, usually with his elbows. This results in another area of dominance in the former champ; the clinch. His span is an incredible advantage in tight and Jones has developed the technical ability to leverage that into catastrophic strikes.
Among the most intriguing aspects for Jones has always been his flexibility. Throughout his career, we’ve seen him challenge his opponents with their strengths and still end up victorious. This, of course, was most notable when he outwrestled and outgrinded Cormier in their first meeting.
So long as we get the Jon Jones of old, he should easily win this battle. In his prime, nobody could touch Jones and he was probably the best fighter to step in a cage. If he looks anywhere as fair as he failed in his final struggle against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until someone beats”Bones,” you can’t select against him.