The best fight card of the year just got over in Anaheim, California. Two of the greatest light heavyweights to ever set foot inside the octagon went to battle for the second time at UFC 214. Jon Jones came out victorious by knocking out Daniel Cormier in round 3. I’ve always told my friends that Jon is the greatest light heavyweight of all time (maybe the greatest MMA fighter ever). This victory just made my belief even stronger.
How It Went Down?
The fight started pretty much the way we all expected. With years of animosity between them, both fighters came swinging at each other and tried to be dominant. DC did match Jon in terms of striking in the first two rounds. As expected, Jon came out as the superior striker between the two.
If it was any other fighter, DC would have tried his wrestling right from the very beginning. Jon is a great wrestler himself who took down DC multiple times when they first me. DC was very wary of that and tried to best Jon in his standup game.
Just when the fight seemed like going to the championship rounds, Jon delivered a nasty head kick that rocked DC. Jon capitalized on that by slipping DC to the ground. This was followed by some good old fashioned ground and pound to seal the deal. Referee Big John gave every chance to DC and waited for a while to put an end to the fight. DC was out cold after a while, and he wasn’t getting back in the fight after that.
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Jones TKOs DC with a vicious head kick followed by ground and pound.
After years of personal struggle, Jon is now the light heavyweight champion of the UFC. In his post-fight interview, Jon called out Brock Lesnar for a superfight. Though not an ideal fight, it could give Jon a big pay day. With Lesnar having a few more months to serve after the USADA ban, it is not likely to happen anytime soon.
Woodley vs. Maia
At the co-main event of UFC 214, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley successfully defended his title against jiu-jitsu specialist Demian Maia amidst a crowd of booing fans. Woodley played it safe just like he did against Stephen Thompson in their second meeting. This fight also broke the record for the lowest number of strikes in a 5-round title match. The only saving grace was that Woodley successfully defended 23 takedown attempts from Maia.
Dana White sounded upset about the fight in the post-fight press conference. When the fans get bored with your fight, they won’t watch you fight again. I am not a fan of Dana White, but he has a point.
Maia is a relatively poor striker compared to Woodley. Woodley could have finished Maia if only he closed the distance and engaged. His reluctance to take risks is going to cost him his fan base, which is already pretty thin. There is nothing wrong in being defensive, but championship fighters should engage in good exchanges at least once in a while.
Cyborg did what she does best to other female fighters. She knocked out Tonya Evinger with a vicious knee in the third round to take the vacant women’s featherweight crown. We have to give credit to Evinger who took some nasty punishment and still continued in the fight.
Lawler vs. Cowboy was another good slugfest that must have made the fans happy. Both are thoroughbred fighters who can keep swinging till the end. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Cowboy. However, the judges thought it went the other way. Lawler won the bout and made a strong comeback to the welterweight division.