Prior to every UFC fight card, Jay Primetown of all MMAOddsBreaker.com takes a look at some of the key competitions at every event. In the latest installment, we look at UFC 214’s blockbuster primary event as Jon Jones returns to the Octagon to confront Daniel Cormier at a bitter grudge match for the light heavyweight championship.
Daniel Cormier (Record: 19-1, +235 Underdog, Power Ranking: A+)
The 38-year-old Olympic wrestler turned MMA fighter has become among the very best light heavyweights of all time. Of his 20 bouts, the only time that he watched defeat was to Jones at the first meeting. Since that blow in 2015, Cormier has won four straight bouts, with successes over Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson (double ) and Anderson Silva.
Being undersized has never been an issue for Cormier in MMA. He actually made a name for himself in Strikeforce, beating the likes of Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva are the final heavyweight champion in the business before it was obtained by the UFC. After from the UFC, Cormier immediately transitioned to light heavyweight and has become a Hall of Fame-caliber fighter. Despite being under six feet tall with just a 72.5-inch reach, Cormier has rarely had a problem with competitions even giving up to a foot at reach and six inches in height.
Statistically, Cormier is strong. He lands 3.78 significant strikes per minute despite consuming just 2.07. He enrolls almost two takedowns a 15 minutes from the cage using an astonishing 42 percent achievement rate on takedowns. Cormier has very good footwork for the weight class and does well to close distance and force opponents to fight at close selection. He does not possess the knockout power to put quality opponents off early, but he has a very good chin, forcing opponents to a physical, energy draining bout. He is shown to be one of the toughest fighters to handle in a cage within 25 minutes.
Jon Jones (Record: 22-1, -255 Favorite, Power Ranking: A++)
The 30-year-old Endicott, New York native is among the best mixed martial artists of all all-time. Back in 23 fights, his hand has been increased in all but one of those games. The only time it was not raised was due to a disqualification in a fight he was winning . Jones returns to action for the first time since an April 2016 conclusion win over Ovince Saint Preux, This battle will clean out any relevant contenders in his weight class.
The Jackson’s MMA merchandise is the top fighter in the world for many reasons. To begin, physically he’s very gifted in that his 84.5-inch reach is right near the surface of the game. Jones uses his span very well, as he lands a whopping 2.25 more significant strikes a second than he consumes. That places him right near the very top of the UFC in that category too. He combines that with 94 percent takedown defense, making him difficult to strike and difficult to take into the mat.
Jones unites that defensive art having a creative striking game by means of a lot of unorthodox kicks. On the ground, Jones has as barbarous of ground-and-pound as anyone in MMA. He delivers barbarous elbows at prime controller and is capable of finishing in any fight from that position. Jones has spent a lot of time on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mats at his time off from MMA and it is certainly possible he incorporates a considerable submission grappling focus to his own MMA prowess.
At the most expected MMA bout of 2017, the former winner Jones returns to recover his light heavyweight championship against the current champ Cormier. Within their first bout, the struggle was fairly even after two rounds, but Jones’ body work really started to pay dividends in the third round, since he actually started to out-land Cormier to win a determination. Furthermore, Jones even out-grappled Cormier, procuring three takedowns when compared with the one his rival had in the bout.
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