UFC 214: Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2
The rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is finally on. Once again, two the of best fighters at UFC battle each other in the Octagon. The fight takes place on Saturday, July 29, in Anaheim, California.
Let’s take a closer look at the top fights set for UFC 214.
Jimi Manuwa (17-2) battles Volkan Oezdemir (14-1). Both guys or knockout artists. 88% of Manuwa’s wins are via KO or TKO. 71% of Oezdemir’s wins are via KO or TKO. Manuwa’s defense appears slightly better since he absorbs 2.93 strikes per minute while Oezdemir absorbs 5.5 significant strikes per minute. Since Manuwa has a 4” inch reach advantage, I’m giving him the edge.
One of the most intriguing matchups on the card, Robbie Lawler battles Donald Cerrone. The two warriors sport records that show exactly how long they’ve been fighting MMA. Lawler is 24-11-0, 1 NC. Cerrone is 32-8-0, 1 NC. Although I believe Cerrone’s got a shot, my pick is Lawler. Lawler’s fought better fighters the past 3 years. Cerrone only avoids strikes 54% of the time. Lawler is an excellent striker. He should get the job done.
Ricardo Lamas (17-5) takes on Jason Knight (20-2). Lamas should be the favorite. His striking is supposedly just a bit better than Knight’s. In Knight’s last fight, though, on the undercard of UFC 211, he out struck opponent Chas Kelly 59 to 29. Knight knocked Kelly out in Round 3. The young, 24-year-old Knight is known as a terrific Jiu-Jitsu fighter. If he’s added striking capabilities, which it looks like he has, he should beat Lamas on July 29.
The brilliant Cris Cyborg (16-1-0, 1 NC) battles Tonya Evinger (19-5) at UFC 214. Odds makers haven’t set a line yet on the fight. They may not. Cyborg averages over 8 significant strikes per minute. Cyborg is also amazingly accurate at taking down her opponents. Her take down accuracy is 75%. I don’t see Evinger lasting more than a round.
I must hand it to Demian Maia (29-6). The great Brazilian veteran fighter continues to show up each time he enters the Octagon. But, I don’t expect him to last long versus champion Tyron Woodley (16-3-1). The Chosen One prevents takedowns 92% of the time. Maia is now 39-years-old. He’s won 7 fights in a row. If he had a shot at taking down Woodley, I’d give Demian a chance to win this fight. I don’t think he can take down Woodley.
Now, let’s take a look at the main event.
Champion Daniel Cormier (19-1) seeks revenge against Jon Jones (22-1). Jones beat Cormier via unanimous decision at UFC 182 in 2015. Since that time, Jones has had a single fight. He beat Ovince St. Preaux via unanimous decision at UFC 197 in 2016.
How many fights has Cormier had since then? DC’s fought 4 times. He submitted Anthony Johnson in Round 3 at UFC 187. He won a split decision over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192. He then beat Anderson Silva via unanimous decision at UFC 200. Cormier was supposed to fight Jones again that day.
At UFC 210, Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson in Round 2. Does Cormier’s continued fighting mean that he can turn the tables on Jon Jones? Odds makers don’t believe so. Cormier is a +200 dog to Jones’s -260 favoritism.
Jones has the longest wingspan at UFC. If he can use those long arms to prevent Cormier from taking him down, it’s tough to see Jones losing. Then again, Jones did wait out a year-long suspension due to doping.
If Jones was dependent on the doping, and hasn’t taken anything due to the suspension, he could be in some trouble. The hungrier fighter is no doubt Daniel Cormier. I predict a Cormer split decision win. But, I reserve my right to change my mind!
Event: UFC 214: "Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2"
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017, on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Anaheim, CA.
Analysis: Jones beat Cormier via unanimous decision back in 2015 at UFC 182 when the pair met for Jones’ championship title. Following that bout though, Jones was arrested for a hit-and-run incident and stripped of his belt.
Cormier went on to meet and beat Anthony Johnson for the vacant title at UFC 187 and was schedule to meet Jones in a rematch at UFC 187 but was forced to pull out because of an injury. The pair were supposed to meet again at UFC 200 in July of 2016, but Jones committed an Anti-Doping policy violation and was suspended for a full year.
Now, with the pair finally set to mix it up again, “’m going to urge you to back Jones for a few reasons. First and foremost, Jon Bones Jones is arguably the most freakish athlete in the UFC. Not only that, but Jones stands 6-4 with an 84-inch reach compared to Cormier’s 5-11 and 72-inch reach.
Whether you love him or loathe him, Jon Bones Jones is the bigger, faster, more athletic and more versatile mixed martial arts fighter in this championship rematch, not to mention the fact that I think he’s pissed at all the negative things ‘DC’ has said about him over the last two years.
Tyron Woodley (17-3-1) vs. Demian Maia (25-6)
Reigning welterweight champ Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley dispatched Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson via unanimous decision in their UFC 209 rematch in March while the challenger Demian Maia has won seven straight fights including a three-round split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211 in May.
The 5-foot-8-inch Woodley has a 74-inch reach and is extremely versatile fighter that has recorded six career wins via KO, five by way of submission and six more via decision. Demian Maia has used his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills to record a dozen career wins by way of submission, just three by way of knockout and 10 wins via decision outcomes.
CristaneJustino (17-1) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-5)
Tonya Evinger may be the current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion and she may not have lost a fight since 2011, but the 5-foot-7-inch dynamo is in for a tough task in her UFC debut against the legendary CristaneJustino, better know as Cyborg.
The 5-foot-8-inch, 31-year-old Brazilian superstar hasn’t lost a single bout since her debut in MMA way back in 2005 and has a huge edge in this bout in sheer punching power. Justino has recorded a stunning seven straight TKO victories and the number would be 12 straight if Cyborg had not had her TKO win over Jiroko Yamanaka overturned following her failed positive test for stanozolol.
Tonya Evinger is 36-years-old and has a one-inch reach deficit compared to Cyborg’s 68-inch reach. More importantly, Evinger’s boxing and wrestling skill set are nowhere nearly as proficient as Cyborg’s Muay Thai, kick boxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skill set.
Ricardo Lamas (17-5) vs. Jason Knight (20-2)
35-year-old Ricardo Lamas stands 5-7 and has a 71-inch reach, but the Chicago native has split his last four fights despite beating Charles Oliveira via submission (guillotine choke) at The Ultime Fighter Latin America 3 in November.
Jason Knight is 24-years-old and stands 5-10 but has a short, 71.5-inch reach. The Mississippi native has won four straight fights and comes into UFC 214 off a compelling third round TKO (punches) win over Chas Kelly at UFC 211 in May that earned him Performance of the Night honors.
For me, Knight is the easy pick to win his UFC 214 matchup seeing as how he’s younger, bigger and stronger than Ricardo Lamas and just as experienced with an identical number of career MMA fights (22) as the much older Lamas.
Robbie Lawler (27-11) vs. Donald Cerrone (32-8)
Lawler and Cerrone were scheduled to meet at UFC 213, but an injury to Cerrone scrapped that bout and now the third-ranked Lawler and seventh-ranked Cerrone are set to wage war at UFC 214.
‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler had his five-fight winning streak snapped in his first round KO (punches) loss to Tyron Woodley in his last fight at UFC 201 last July while Donald Cerrone had his four-fight winning streak snapped in his second round TKO (punches) loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 23 in January. The 35-year-old Lawler stands 5-10 and has a 74-inch reach while the 34-year-old ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone stands 6-feet tall and has a 73-inch reach.
I like Donald Cerrone to get the win over Robbie Lawler simply because the Cowboys is the far more explosive fighter with more pure KO power in recent years. Cerrone recorded three straight KO victories prior to his loss against Jorge Masvidal and I believe he’s going to put Robbie Lawler away in a thriller.
Jimi Manuwa (17-2) vs. VolkanOezdemir (14-1)
37-year-old Jimi Manuwa is 6-1 with a 79.5-inch reach while 27-year-old VolkanOezdemi stands 6-2 with a shorter 75-inch reach. Manuwa has won two straight fights and comes into UFC 214 off a KO win over Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night in March.
VolkanOezdemir has won four straight fights and comes into UFC 214 off an emphatic first round KO win over MishaCirkunov at UFC Fight Night in May.
For this bout, I’m going to urge you to back VolkanOezdemir simply because he’s a decade younger than his opponent in this bout. Both fighters have very good KO power, but Oezdemir has never been floored in his career while Manuwa has been knocked out twice.
Cris Cyborg vs Tonia Evinger
Ricardo Lamas vs Jason Knight
Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerrone
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