Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2 in Anaheim, California. We tell you who won, who didn’t and why.
The Honda Center in Anaheim, California was home to a pretty great night of fights, with five (T)KOs, one submission and six decisions, including one split-decision. UFC 214 saw the crowning of a new champion in Cris Cyborg, the retention of a title by Tyron Woodley and the redemption of Jon Jones as he regained his throne.
Performances of the Night: Jon Jones and Volkan Oezdemir
Jon Jones faced his greatest rival tonight in a bout that lived up to the billing, as perhaps the two greatest light heavyweights in history threw down for 13 minutes. The first two rounds were razor close, with Jones landing a greater volume of strikes, but Cormier seeming to land the heavier blows.
Cormier managed to overcome a huge reach disadvantage to land left hands on Jones with a regularity that must have been alarming for Bones’ corner, but Jones was playing the long game, and after throwing dozens of low kicks and body kicks in the first two rounds, he finally pulled the trigger on a feinted low kick that turned into a high kick, landing perfectly on Cormier’s temple. The ultra-tough DC stayed standing, trying to recover his bearings as Jones chased him down, but his balance was gone, he tumbled to the mat, and Jones pounced, finishing DC with a series of huge elbows and punches on the ground. As well as regaining his belt, Jones got an extra 50 Gs for his performance.
Volkan Oezdemir has done it again. After a shocking upset KO victory over Cirkunov in his last fight, he was thrown in the deep end against English KO artist Jimi Manuwa tonight. Short shots inside the clinch rocked Manuwa, and a series of huge shots thrown from the waist were enough to put the Englishman’s lights out and end his night early, earning the Swiss spoiler $50k in bonus money for his finish.
Fight of the Night: Brian Ortega vs Renato Moicano
Brian Ortega has a problem. His problem is for 10 minutes of every fight, he performs well below his ability, and then in the last five, he finds a way to destroy worlds. Whether that’s knocking out Clay Guida or choking out Diego Brandao, as soon as round three begins, you can be sure Ortega is going to take someone out.
This fight was no different; after a close first 10 minutes that could easily have seen Moicano ahead on the scorecards, Ortega pulled out another finish in the final stanza, landing a beautiful guillotine choke off of an ill-advised Moicano takedown attempt. The only question now is what happens in a five round fight? Does Ortega still get the finish in the third, or does his superpower only manifest itself in the final round of the fight? Chances are we’ll find out in 2018.
As well as getting his fourth third-round finish in a row, Ortega also picked up a cool $50,000 in bonus money, and Renato Moicano also got his own check for the same amount for his role in the barn-burner.
Att.: 16,610 (sell out)