The headlining bout between Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier will be their second tilt.It will be the culmination of two years worth of trash-talking – and a pair of delays that have apparently made the two champions dislike each other even more than they used to.
UFC 214 takes place on Saturday, July 29th, live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Now, let’s take a look at the top fights featured in UFC 214.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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