The stakes are high for both fighters, and it is hard to say who has more to lose for their legacy should they come up short on Saturday. Neither scared Jones enough to convince the prodigy to stick to the straight and narrow, and just weeks before what was to be his ninth title defense (a UFC 187 bout against Anthony Johnson), he was implicated in a felony hit-and-run, to which he has since pleaded guilty and served time due to a subsequent parole violation. When asked about whether he thought Jones might be a serial PED user who was juiced when they first fought, Cormier swftly responded with a yes.
"Jon Jones and I still haven't talked since the last time he pulled out of UFC 200", White said. Cormier won the vacant title and defended it successfully twice, with a non-title win over Anderson Silva at UFC 200, the same event he was supposed to have his title rematch with Jones. Beating a great talent like Jones puts him in an elite category, one that would follow him as he enters the final stage of his career at 39 years old.
"Both men were accomplished amateur grapplers from their college days and both are bad**s alpha males.there is no doubt that a Lesnar-Jones fight would generate north of 1m PPV buys quite easily, I'm thinking". What happened? Jones was again suspended, this time for testing positive for two banned substances in 2016.
Jones' -255 odds are only marginally different from Cormier's +235 odds. Jones has called Cormier the "206.2-pound champion" of the UFC, and the situation has led to endless criticism of the current champ. Meltzer said on The LAW, "They've got a budget and this year has been bad". The fight was rescheduled for UFC 182 where during a press conference the bad blood between both men boiled over and resulted in a stage brawl.
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With that in mind, you can anticipate that in this fight, Cormier will switch levels, looking to shoot in on Jones' legs to take him to the canvas. He said his fiancee Salina - whom he married last month - knew he had to cope with it himself. However, and in all fairness, Jones would certainly want (or need) time to prepare himself physically for a true 265 pounder like Lesnar. There has always been the thought that were Jones not embroiled in legal trouble, DC would never have been a champion. Jones still is widely considered the greatest fighter in the world, and he appears to be focused on regaining his belt.
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Should Jones win that he'll be the most talked about fighter in MMA and he's already admitted he's prepared to move up to heavyweight to take on new challenges. Woodley is a -205 betting favorite to defend his title on Saturday night against Demian Maia (+165).
Cormier will make Jones' life inside the cage a five round, 25-minute nightmare until the fight ends with Cormier getting his hand raised with a unanimous-decision victory, cementing his legacy as one of the best light heavyweight/heavyweights in combat history.