The UFC had a less than stellar year in 2014. Bad fight cards, injuries and low fan interest spun the popularity of the UFC downward. This year though, the UFC is getting off to a great start! The much anticipated fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is finally going down tonight at UFC 182! The trash talking and build up to this fight is going down in MMA history as some of the best. These fighters DO NOT like each other and it’s time for the drama to boil over inside the octagon! Let’s take a closer look at the fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier!
Daniel Cormier has more than earned his shot at the title by accumulating an impressive 15-0 MMA record. He’s finished 10 of those fights, 6 by KO/TKO and 4 by submission. All five decisions have been dominant and unanimous. In his last fight, Cormier rag dolled Dan Henderson before finally finishing him off in the third round with a rear naked choke.
Cormier has an impressive wrestling resume that’s topped off with a 4th place finish in the Olympics. He’s used that dominant wrestling ability to grind out fights and smother opponents while mixing in some solid stand up skills when needed. Will that be enough to snatch the belt away from Jon Jones?
Jon Jones wins, wins and wins. Few fighters have even come close to posing a threat. He’s 20-1 overall, but virtually, undefeated. That one loss back in 2009 versus Matt Hamill would have been a win except he used an illegal downward elbow and was disqualified. Jones has defended the title 7 times since beating Mauricio Shogun Rua to become the youngest light heavyweight champion in UFC history.
Jon Jones has exceptional athletic ability and an ever improving skill set that has been a nightmare for his opponents. He has outwrestled wrestlers and bested high level strikers. Jon Jones is considered by many, if not all MMA experts as the best pound for pound fighter in MMA history. Is Jon Jones still hungry enough to keep winning? Can he defeat the UFC’s heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s training partner?
Both these fighters are great, it just happens that Jon Jones is great, plus he has plenty of experience fighting at the highest level of MMA. Jon Jones has fought and beat the best in MMA. Jon Jones athletic ability is something Daniel Cormier hasn’t even seen in MMA just yet. The experience, athletic ability, and overall skill set are three hurdles that Daniel Cormier will not be able to overcome this time.
Look for a gritty effort by Cormier. He’ll try to use his wrestling and might even score a takedown or two, but eventually, Jones will use his experience and more refined striking skill to outlast Cormier. I see this one going into the later rounds, with Jones walking out of the Octagon with the belt wrapped around his waist one more time.
If you haven’t seen it, check out the video Bad Blood: Jones vs. Cormier