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Corner transcripts for the finish of Jones vs. Cormier 2 at UFC 214: ‘Caught us clean’

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Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II was a closely contested technical battle for two hard-fought rounds at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA. Then, to everyone’s surprise, it was all over.

After two rounds, scores for Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 were all over the place. Fans and pundits had anything from Cormier up 2-0, to Jones up 2-0, to a round a piece (a few oddballs probably even threw a 10-10 round in there). Whichever way you saw the fight, Daniel Cormier was putting on the performance of his career.

Always a fast, powerful puncher, Cormier appeared to have finally sharpened his tools into a consistent range kickboxing game against Jones. He hardly clinched at all, never looked for a takedown, and moved expertly in and out of range, landing multiple combinations to Jones’ chin, as well as a few hard low kicks.

None of that mattered in round 3. Halfway through the round, Jones landed a huge head kick that sent DC stumbling to the mat. A few followup punches later, and it was done.

And, from the sound of things, that finish came as just as much of a surprise to both fighters’ corners as it did the fans. MiddleEasy.com has a transcript of Cormier’s corner as well as Jones’ in the moments leading up to the end of the fight (h/t Chamatkar Sandhu):

DC’s Corner

Voice 1: On him, low kick
Voice 1: Hands up
Voice 2: He’s too slow
Voice 2: Halfway through the round
[Headkick lands]
Voice 2: He’s slowing down
Voice 2: Let’s go
Voice 2: Hands up
Voice 1: Shit
Voice 2: Get up DC. Get up DC
Voice 2: Up, up, up, up
Voice 2: Up DC
[McCarthy steps in]
Voice 1: Son of a bitch
Voice 2: Caught us clean. It was a good clean kick
Voice 2: Can’t say shit about it

Jones’ Corner

Voice 1: Nine
Voice 1: Stay long, stay long
Voice 2: Where’s those distractions?
[Headkick lands]
Voice 1: Oh
Voice 2: He’s hurt, he’s hurt
Greg Jackson: Sit down Israel!
[McCarthy steps in]
Voice 1: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
Voice 2: Let’s go
Voice 2: 21 baby, 21

Jones called out Brock Lesnar after the win, however any potential return to MMA for Lesnar is likely a half a year away, minimum. That leaves Alexander Gustafsson likely in line for the next shot at the light heavyweight title, and another big rematch for Jones. That is unless Volkan Oezdemir can throw his name into the title picture.

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