UFC 214 is headlined by what will likely go down as the biggest MMA fight of the year – Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones II. Get the details here in our Bloody Elbow primer.
UFC 214 is a fantastic, stacked card, but the main event is what we’re all here for. Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA; 8-1 UFC). Jon Jones (22-1 MMA; 16-1 UFC). UFC rankings have Jones as the Light Heavyweight division’s #1 contender and #7 on the pound for pound list, with champion Cormier ranked at #3 pound-for-pound. UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2 airs live from Anaheim, CA this Saturday night, July 29. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on FXX (yes, FXX. Not a typo.) and 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
What more can be said to set up this fight? These two men have arguably been in the single greatest rivalry in the history of MMA. Their first fight back in January 2015 was a one-sided Jones decision win. They’ve been scheduled to fight twice since then, first being cancelled due to a Cormier injury, then a Jones drug test failure. Through it all, they’ve brawled at a press conference and gone at each other time and again in interviews. It’s trite to say it – but this is about way more than the Light Heavyweight title.
How do these two stack up?
Cormier: 38 years old | 5’11″ | 72.5″ reach
Jones: 30 years old | 6’4″ | 84.5″ reach
What have these two done recently?
Cormier: W – Anthony Johnson (Sub) | W – Anderson Silva (UD) | W – Alexander Gustafsson (SD)
Jones: W – Ovince Saint Preux (UD) | W – Daniel Cormier (UD) | W – Glover Teixeira (UD)
How did these two get here?
Daniel Cormier made the move down to Light Heavyweight in 2014 and has been nearly flawless there, with his lone loss coming to Jones. During Jones’s hiatus, Cormier has established himself as the clear top dog in the division by using his wrestling and his hands. But he’s always been in Jones’s shadow – the king by default instead of by right. This is his chance to change that. And at 38 years old and with one loss to Jones already, it’s probably his last chance. Cormier knows this and is going to bring every single ounce of his being to this fight.
How to sum up the tumultuous career of Jon “Bones” Jones? Jones won the UFC Light Heavyweight title in 2011, becoming the youngest champion in UFC history. He went on a ridiculously dominant run, defeating some of the greatest in the division’s history, including Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson, and many more. Then it all went way wrong, as a string of controversial incidents, legal issues, and drug test failures completely derailed Jones. He was stripped of the title, won an interim title, then was stripped of that too. Now he’s back in action for just the second time in two and a half years.
Why should you care?
This is everything you want in an MMA fight. Maybe the greatest of all time returning to take on his greatest adversary. Why should you care? The real question here is how could you NOT care?