Join us today (Saturday, July 29th) on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play for UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier battles the only man to ever defeat him in MMA, former champion Jon Jones. The co-main event pits welterweight champion Tyron Woodley against Brazilian challenger Demian Maia, while Cris Cyborg fights Tonya Evinger for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title. Yes, that’s three title fights in one night!
This post covers just Cormier vs. Jones 2, which tells you the magnitude of this clash that we’ve given the main event its own space.
UFC Fight Pass will broadcast the opening three preliminary card bouts, beginning at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT. They then move over to FXX (not FX, FXX) at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT for the other four prelims bouts. The five-fight PPV main card kicks off at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT and are covered in a separate post. The full prelims lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week's MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones - UFC light heavyweight championship
Round 1 - It’s finally happening! Here we go! They did touch gloves in the staredown. Leg kick by Jones and then a left hook. He’s coming out aggressively. Cormier knocks the mouthpiece out of Jones’ mouth with an uppercut. John McCarthy gives him his mouthpiece back. Takedown for Jones but no control and Cormier is back up. Oblique kick by Jones. Left hand from southpaw stance for Jones. Cormier is cut already and there’s another oblique kick for Jon. Big body shot by Jones. Cormier clinches up with Jones tosses him aside. Two oblique kicks for Jones. Vicious knee to the body by Jones. Two leg kicks by Cormier and he misses on the right hand. Front kick to the body and then oblisque kicks by Jones. Leg hook and a leg kick for Cormier. Overhand right from orthodox for Jones and it landed flush. There’s an inside elbow for Jones. Straight right for Jones. Another great leg kick by the champion. Jones isn’t checking these. Another left hook lands for Cormier. Whiffing right across the body for Jones. Cormier tags Jones with two punches! Knee by Cormier with 30 seconds to go. Hard right hand by Cormier but Joens was leaning back when he got hit. Cormier finishing the round well and he’s talking trash. Still a 10-9 Jones round.
Round 2 - Nice body kick by Jones to start the second frame. Left hook and a knee to the body by Jones and Cormier felt those. Leg kick by Cormier and then Jones eats another one. Cormier rips one to the body. Headbutt or eyepoke just happen? It was an accidental headbutt and Cormier is cut. Jones was defending the takedown and Cormier just bashed heads. Left hook and a right hand by the champ. Quick body kick by Jones and then Cormier evades the right hand, then lands one of his own. Groin kick by Jones but Cormier shook it off so no timeout. Those kicks to the knee by Jones are consistent. Elbow by Jones misses but he hits the body with a punch. Cormier shakes his head at Jones o n those two right hands. Daniel is still trash-talking and Jones smiles. High kick by Jones and Cormier shakes his head. Jumping shoulder strike in the clinch by Jones. Cormier with the trip but he nearly wound up on the bottom. Jones is up and he gets hit with a knee to the body. Wow it’s Cormier with the hard elbow. Jon with the left to the stomach and then he goes upstairs. Another body shot by Jones but Cormier cracks Jones with a hard right. Round ends. 19-19.
Round 3 - Jones is ripping Cormier up with the left hook to the body. Cormier misses with the right. More great body work from Jones and then a vicious knee to the body. Uppercut and left hook score for Cormier. A little bit of a lull in the action of a pulsating encounter. Another body punch by Jones. Cormier with a right to the body. Head kick wobbles Cormier! Jones with a leg kick and then he misses with the flying knee. He’s chasing Cormier down and Cormier is still all over the place and he falls down on his own! Monstrous ground-and-pound by Jones! These elbows are lethal! Cormier is taking a serious beating and Jones is just bashing him with lefts. It’s over! It’s over! Jon Jones is the champion again!
Official result: Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier by KO (strikes) at 3:01 of round 3 to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion
Cormier briefly exited the cage before the official announcement was even read. Jones broke down in tears and dropped to his knees. Cormier is in the cage again and Jones hugs a crying Cormier.