On July 29th, 2017, UFC 214 Cormier vs. Jones 2 will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. With the event a little less than two months away, let’s take a look at the bout that will headline this much anticipated pay-per-view.
Cormier vs. Jones 2 (Light Heavyweight Championship)
Headlining the event is a rematch between Current Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Jon “Bones” Jones (22-1).
These two men have created a rivalry that has become one of the greatest and most personal in recent history.
Cormier was first expected to face Jones at UFC 178, after Alexander Gustafsson was forced to pull out of the bout with Jones due to a torn meniscus. However, On August 12, Jones was forced to remove himself from the fight due to injury. The fight would eventually happen at UFC 182 in Las Vegas, Nevada and would not disappoint. After five back and forth rounds, it was Jones who earned the unanimous decision victory.
The rematch was originally supposed to take place at UFC 197 on April 23rd, 2016 in Las Vegas. This time, it was Cormier who withdrew from the fight on April 1st due to a foot injury. Cormier was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux, who was beaten by Jones via unanimous decision.
The rematch for Cormier vs. Jones was rescheduled to headline the biggest event in UFC history, UFC 200. On July 6, just three days before the huge event was scheduled to take place, UFC 200 lost it’s Main Event after it was announced that Jones vs. Cormier 2 was off due to a potential doping violation by Jones. Cormier still fought on the card, facing the legendary Anderson Silva, defeating the Brazilian great by unanimous decision. The card would go on to be headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate and the #1 bantamweight contender Amanda “Lioness” Nunes.
Jones was handed a one year suspension from USADA for the doping violation in November of 2016. However, the suspension was retroactive to the positive test results, meaning Jones is eligible to return to the octagon in July 2017.
The long awaited rematch has once again been rescheduled, this time for July 29th in Anaheim, California.
There’s always intense moments leading up to any fight, and that’s exactly what we saw at the UFC’s “Summer Kickoff” press conference held in Dallas, Texas prior to UFC 211. Before the curtain was raised to begin the conference, Cormier and Jones were already at it, nearly coming to blows after Jones referred to Cormier’s kids while making a remark. The end result was Cormier chunking a water bottle at Jones while literally standing 5 feet from him. When the curtain finally rose, the name calling and insults continued to flow as the two went back and forth in front of the amped Dallas crowd. Jones made it clear that Cormier was not the real champion because he never beat him, while Cormier attacked the character of Jones by referring to his drug use and partying habits.
As the two prepared for the ceremonial face-off, several UFC members were on stage to keep the men separated. Jones and Cormier never got closer than ten feet, however the intensity of the stare down was still present. Jones and Cormier both held UFC Championship Gold while on stage, with neither willing to concede any ground to the other.
Regardless of what is said, the final statement will be made in the octagon in the Main Event of UFC 214. Cormier looks to avenge the only loss of his career to his most bitter rival, while Jones looks to regain the Light Heavyweight Supremacy that he defended so vigorously for so long. All we can do for now is hope and pray that nothing gets in the way of the rematch the MMA world has been waiting for.