UFC 214: Jon Jones knocks out Daniel Cormier in emotional TKO victory

Jon Jones scored an emotional TKO victory over Daniel Cormier to regain the light heavyweight championship at the main event of UFC 214.

Cormier was doing well, staying close to Jones and negating his height and reach advantages. like in the first fight. He looked confident and scored many shots that backed up Jones constantly. Jones also landed his share of shots, but experts scored the first three rounds for Cormier.

It was a surprise headkick in the third round that caught Cormier flush, and as he stumbled off the cage to the canvas, Jones swarmed in with vicious ground-and-pound elbows that forced John McCarthy to all the fight at 3:01.

Jones paid tribute to Cormier after the fight, calling him a “true champion,” and ¬†crediting him for pushing him to be the best he can be. He then called out former UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar, who is currently in the WWE and suspended by USADA.

Brian Ortega and Renato Moicano earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Jones and Volkan Oezdemir earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

JOSHUA BURKMAN VS DREW DOBER

WINNER: DREW DOBER VIA TKO R1 3:04

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DREW DOBER VIA TKO

Andrews: As predicted, Dober went in there and connected early with a left hand that put Burkman to sleep. Burkman did not look confident at all even walking in to the octagon. He will probably be cut.

ERIC SHELTON VS JARRED BROOKS 

WINNER: JARRED BROOKS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ERIC SHELTON VIA SD

Andrews: Close fight but the early takedowns of Brooks overcame the late knockdown that Shelton scored. Both guys need some improvement, but give them credit for a tactical fight.

KAILLIN CURRAN VS ALEXANDRA ALBU 

WINNER: ALEXANDRA ALBU VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDRA ALBU VIA TKO

Andrews: Albu’s best defence was her offence and she used her strength advantage to tackle Curran to the ground and her powerful all-or-nothing strikes. Curran poured it on ¬†in the third round, but it was too late. Good fight.

TSN 5 PRELIMS 

ANDRE FILI VS CALVIN KATTAR 

WINNER: CALVIN KATTAR VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE FILI VIA UD

Andrews: Kattar outworked Fili and pressured him for all three rounds, giving Fili almost nothing to work with. An excellent performance for taking the fight on two weeks short notice.

#9 RENATO MICANO VS #8 BRIAN ORTEGA 

WINNER: BRIAN ORTEGA VIA SUBMISSION R3 2:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRIAN ORTEGA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Ortega once again pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat, with the late guillotine tap. I had him losing the first two rounds. Hard luck for Moicano, but he tried to go to the ground and played into Ortega’s hands. Good win.

#8 ALJAMAIN STERLING VS #13 RENAN BARAO 

WINNER: ALJAMAIN STERLING VIA UD (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALJAMAIN STERLING VIA TKO

Andrews: Barao was tough enough to go the distance, but Sterling took the starch out of him and when Barao tired in the third, he outworked him. I think it’s time for Barao to hang it up, his book is wide open.

#3 RICARDO LAMAS VS #15 JASON KNIGHT 

WINNER: RICARDO LAMAS VIA TKO R1 4:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JASON KNIGHT VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Knight is a tough fighter, but Lamas used his experience to outstrike him. Good win for The Bully.

MAIN CARD 

#3 JIMI MANUWA VS #5 VOLKAN OEZDEMIR 

WINNER: VOLKAN OEZDEMIR VIA TKO 0:22 R1

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIMI MANUWA VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Oezdemir took it to Manuwa with a beautiful left hook in the clinch. Beautiful.

#3 ROBBIE LAWLER VS #6 DONALD CERRONE

WINNER: ROBBIE LAWLER VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA UD

Andrews: Both guys tried to outstrike each other. I thought Cowboy won, but great fight nonetheless.

CRIS CYBORG VS TONYA EVINGER

WINNER: CRIS CYBORG VIA TKO R3 1:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CRIS CYBORG VIA TKO

Andrews: Evinger extended the bout by clinching whenever Cyborg got in close, and by displaying extraordinary toughness, but the technique and power of Cyborg shone through. Great heart shown by Evinger.

TYRON WOODLEY VS #1 DEMIAN MAIA 

WINNER: TYRON WOODLEY VIA UD (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TYRON WOODLEY VIA TKO

Andrews: Woodley avoided the takedown and out struck Maia for 5 boring rounds. The end.

MAIN EVENT

DANIEL CORMIER VS JON JONES 

WINNER: JON JONES VIA TKO R3 3:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JON JONES VIA UD

Andrews: Jon Jones wasn’t performing that well, I scored all¬†of the rounds for DC, but a¬†brilliant headkick changed everything. He took everything Dc threw at him and overcame it. He is the greatest fighter of his generation and quite possibly of all-time.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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