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Cormier v. Jones will be worth the wait


August 26, 2014

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    With Alexander Gustafsson out with a knee injury, the UFC found a replacement for Jon Jones to fight in his upcoming title defense. Although it would have been nice to see a rematch between Jones and Gustafsson, the match between Daniel Cormier and Jones is becoming an exciting one to look forward to.
    Aug. 4 marked the first day of the UFC 178 media tour. It became immediately clear after the first staredown between the two that things between current Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and Daniel Cormier were getting fierce. During the staredown Jones got a bit too close for Cormier’s comfort, and he shoved Jones in the throat. What followed was a full-on brawl: Jones went on the attack and began throwing punches right there, while officials and promoters tried to pry the two apart. Since the match was announced, the two have been taunting each other on Twitter and in interviews.
    However, due to an injury suffered during training (a torn meniscus in his left knee and a sprained ankle), Jones will be unable to fight at UFC 178. The new date for the fight is set for UFC 182.
    Now that the fight has been pushed back, Alexander Gustafsson wants back in for his title shot and says that by the time of the match, he will be healed and ready to go. However, UFC President Dana White says he’ll have to wait for his shot and likely face Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, with the victor fighting the winner of the championship bout.
    I don’t mind waiting for the Gustafsson rematch because with tensions so high, this is sure to be a great fight between Jones and Cormier. These are the fights we wait for: two incredibly talented fighters who are hungry for the gold and go at it like beasts. Cormier comes into this fight with an impressive wrestling background, although we haven’t seen if he still has the same strength as he did at heavyweight before he came down to the 205-lb. weight division. There surely has been significant muscle reduction in the weight cut, but could he be faster at 205 with less muscle to carry around? We will see.
    Jones, on the other hand, has proven himself over and over to be great in almost all aspects of his game, and only seems to improve every time we see him. He has the skill, drive and speed, and he is a great wrestler and striker. Not to mention he towers over the challenger, which leads me to believe Cormier will definitely try to take Jones down and use his wrestling. What I have noticed in a lot of Jones’ fights is that he will bring the other fighter’s greatest strength in and use it against them. I’m curious to see if employs this tactic with Cormier.
    In any case, it is sure to be a great fight with many other good fights on the card as well. You can catch it live on Pay-per-view on Jan. 3, 2015.


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