3. Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II
Finally, after ages between their first fight at UFC 182, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier would do battle once more.
Cormier had defeated Anthony “Rumble” Johnson twice by choke, Gustafsson by a narrow decision, as well as middleweight legend Anderson Silva at UFC 200, where Silva stepped in for Jones due to whatever controversy he was dealing with at that time.
Jones had only fought once since their first go-around, defeating Ovince Saint Preux in a tepid performance for the interim light heavyweight belt.
The two best light heavyweights fighting for the second time; the return of Jon Jones, MMA’s prodigal son.
Jones ended up landing a huge head kick on Cormier midway into the five-round title fight, and DC never recovered. Jones blasted away with punches and elbows, and the fight was mercifully stopped in the third round.
No one has or had done that to Cormier before, meaning Jones was able to do what others couldn’t come close. With Jones’ indiscretions surfacing again after the rematch, the result was overturned to a no contest and Jones was once again stripped of his belt.
Such is the nature of this sport, and especially the nature of Jon Jones. With all of these failed drug tests and legal issues piling up, perhaps UFC 214 was his last fight. Who knows? One thing for sure is he won’t be back for a while.