UFC 214 is the PPV of 2017. Three title fights plus a bevy of thrilling, ridiculously fantastic struggles clutter the 12-fight event. Of course, the main event is that 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 eventually 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 very 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 expert who works his finest when he gets his opponent about the cage and can just chip off. In the clinch, he can work his strikes or use a large number of takedowns to get in addition to his competitor. And when Cormier is on 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 forward behind his jab and leg kicks, he uses very well to battle larger than his small-for-the-division framework. He doesn’t exactly sport amazing knockout skill in his hands but his developing striking game is constructed to feed to his grappling.
Jon Jones (-270) is excellent at every element of the battle game, but his greatest physical attribute comes thanks for his freakishly long reach. His long arms give him the capability to chip away at fighters during the bout while occasionally moving into hit devastating shots in near, usually along with his elbows. This results in another field of dominance from the former champ; the clinch. His length is an unbelievable advantage in tight and Jones has developed the specialized capability to leverage that to catastrophic strikes.
Among the most fascinating aspects for Jones has ever been his versatility. During his career, we have 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 within their first meeting.
As long as people get the Jon Jones of older, he should easily win this battle. In his prime, nobody can touch Jones and that he was likely the best fighter to ever step inside a cage. If he seems anywhere as mediocre as he did in his final struggle against Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier will eat him alive. Until somebody beats”Bones,” you can not pick against him.