UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones outlasted #2 Daniel Cormier to a grueling unanimous decision victory at UFC 182.

Jones was tested early by Cormier who pressured Jones for the first half of the fight and landed strikes in the clinch. But it was Jones who adjusted, landing strikes of his own and making Cormier hold his weight in the clinch to take the starch out as the fight went on.

The champion even took Cormier down several times for the first time in his professional career and took 4 rounds to 1 on all of the judges scorecards, 49-46.

But, somebody wasn’t impressed by the champ’s performance.

 

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Fight-of-the-Night honours went to Jones and Cormier, while performances-of-the-night were awarded to Shawn Jordan and Paul Felder. All earned $50,000 USD bonuses.

MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman:

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and proficient in Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett
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UFC 182 FIGHT ODDS

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

ALEXIS “SNEAKY ZEBRA” DUFRESNE VS MARION “BELLZEAN BRUISER” RENEAU

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Marion Reneau punches Alexis Dufresne in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 182 event on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

WISEMAN PREDICTION: ALEXIS DUFRESNE VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: MARION RENEAU VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Wiseman: While Dufresne has a submission game, you didn’t see it in this match up. Reneau used her striking and ground-and-pound to overwhelm Dufresne. I think the fight should have been stopped, but it went the distance for the decision win for Reneau.

OMARI “LAKEC” AKHMEDOV VS MATS NILSSON

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Omari Akhmedov punches Mats Nilsson in their welterweight bout during the UFC 182 event on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

WISEMAN PREDICTION: MATS NILSSON VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: OMARI AKHMEDOV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Wiseman: Akhmedov gassed in the second round, but Nilsson couldn’t stuff the takedowns. Then on the mat, Nilsson used elbows, but didn’t go for positions like he typically does. Akhmedov put together flurries in the first, several takedowns in the second, then was almost choked out in the third. It was just too late. Nilsson should have used his ground game in the second when Akhmedov was clearly tired, but he waited until the last seconds of the final round before he threatened with a submission. Akhmedov walks away with the decision win.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

EVAN DUNHAM VS RODRIGO DAMM

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Evan Dunham punches Rodrigo Damm in their lightweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: RODRGIO DAMM VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: EVAN DUNHAM VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Wiseman: Realistically it was Damm’s inability to strike with Dunham, as well as his refusal to go for a takedown, that led to his loss. Dunham used his superior striking and reach to pick Damm apart throughout the three rounds. Damm was sluggish until the last minute of the final round which was far too late.

SHAWN “THE SAVAGE” JORDAN VS JARED “THE KILLA GORILLA” CANNONIER 

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Shawn Jordan celebrates his knockout win over Jared Cannonier in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: SHAWN JORDAN VIA TKO

WINNER: SHAWN JORDAN VIA FIRST ROUND TKO

Wiseman: As expected, Jordan connected out of nowhere and got the finish. Cannonnier was light on his feet and moved well, but Jordan’s power can close someone’s eyes in a hurry.

MARCUS “THE BAMA BEAST” BRIMAGE VS CODY “NO LOVE” GARBRANDT

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Cody Garbrandt celebrates his win over Marcus Brimage in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: CODY GARBRANDT VIA TKO

WINNER: CODY GARBRANDT VIA THIRD ROUND TKO 

Wiseman: The confidence of Garbrandt was truly surprising. Brimage isn’t an easy fight, but Garbrandt made it look that way. The superior striking and timing of Garbrandt kept Brimage thinking. Garbrandt got off his back when needed and his precision striking was on display. Incredible impression made by the young fighter, especially chasing down the late TKO stoppage.

DANNY “LAST CALL” CASTILLO VS PAUL “THE IRISH DRAGON” FELDER 

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Paul Felder kicks Danny Castillo in their lightweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

WISEMAN PREDICTION: DANNY CASTILLO VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: PAUL FELDER VIA 2:09 SECOND ROUND TKO

Wiseman: What an incredible showing by Felder. He completely dominated the fight with excellent technique, beautiful movement, and just schooled Castillo. The second round was just more of the Felder show and he connected perfectly with a spinning backfist for the knockout finish. Incredible.

MAIN CARD 

#6 HECTOR “SHOWEATHER” LOMBARD VS JOSH “THE PEOPLE’S WARRIOR” BURKMAN 

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Hector Lombard knees Josh Burkman in their welterweight bout during the UFC 182 event on at the MGM Grand Garden Arena January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: HECTOR LOMBARD VIA TKO

WINNER: HECTOR LOMBARD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: The only surprise of this fight was the fact that it lasted three rounds. Lombard is a beast and he was pressing forward the entire fight while Burkman waited for precise counters. Lombard had Burkman rocked several times, but Burkman showed that while he doesn’t have the skills needed yet, he has a chin.

#11 KYOJI HORIGUCHI VS LOUIS “GOODNIGHT” GAUDINOT

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Kyoji Horiguchi punches Louis Gaudinot in their flyweight bout during the UFC 182 event on at the MGM Grand Garden Arena January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 WISEMAN PREDICTION: LOUIS GAUDINOT VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: KYOJI HORIGUCHI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: The stance of Horiguchi mixed with his speed just allowed him to get in and out at will. Gaudinot had more success in the first round, but it was due to him pressuring Horiguchi. The second and third had Horiguchi puzzling Gaudinot by avoiding shots and throwing blasts of his own.

#15 BRAD TAVARES VS NATE “THE GREAT” MARQUARDT 

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Brad Tavares punches Nate Marquardt in their middleweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

WISEMAN PREDICTION: NATE MARQUARDT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: BRAD TAVARES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman:  It went to the decision, but what I was surprised by was Marquardt not getting a takedown. Tavares used his superior striking, finding fantastic success with his jab and kicks, to slowly defeat Marquardt. Marquardt wasn’t able to get things going his way, especially after he was unsuccessful with any takedowns. Big win for Tavares.

#4 DONALD “COWBOY” CERRONE VS #8 MYLES “FURY” JURY

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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone grapples with Myles Jury in their lightweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Wiseman: The plan for Jury was obvious; catch a leg kick and take things to the mat. That didn’t work out so well for him in the first round as he ended up in a body triangle. The second and third just had Cerrone using his kicks to mess up the legs of Jury.

MAIN EVENT

JON “BONES” JONES VS #2 DANIEL “DC” CORMIER 

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UFC light heavyweight championJon Jones kicks Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: JON JONES VIA TKO

SARAH KAUFMAN PREDICTION: DANIEL CORMIER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (CHANGED MIND TO JON JONES)

RANDA MARKOS DECISION: JON JONES VIA TKO

WINNER: JON JONES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Wiseman: Jones’ ability to embrace the clinch, drag down on an opponents arms, and really fight his challengers fight is remarkable. Like GSP would beat his opponents at their own game, Jones also does the same. Tonight we saw him not use his reach advantage, but rather out clinch and out wrestle Cormier. The problem with this kind of fight is that it wasn’t the typical exciting Jones fight. However, he showed Cormier that he is better at his own game.

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