Jon Jones Reclaims UFC Title Against Longtime Rival Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones UFC 214 Cormier vs. Jones 2 Results Justyn Likes

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones UFC 214 Cormier vs. Jones 2 Results Justyn Likes

If Jones prioritizes a Brock Lesnar payday over defending his newly won title, the light heavyweight division could once again be a division with multiple champions.

Albuquerque's Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the ground at UFC 214.

Upon the mention of Lesnar's name, the crowd in Anaheim erupted, with Jones continuing, "If you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon". Cormier calmly chased his opponent around the cage, trying to find his range, and landed an occasional hard shot. "Seeing those two guys, especially live and in person, it's just gonna be different than watching them on TV, so, retiring the way I did, you know, still pretty much in my prime and having success, they might build that fire back up in me".

While the fight would be one of the most anticipated in UFC history, there are probably too many obstacles to overcome. The pair met previously at UFC 182, with Jones handing Cormier his only professional loss after five, hard-fought rounds.

"It's surreal to be back here", said Jones, who trains at Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque. "The price has got to be right". "I think it's a winnable fight".

At that point, referee John McCarthy had little choice but to stop the fight.

On Sunday, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened odds on the potential bout with Jones a -300 favorite and Lesnar +250. And declared Jones as the winner.

The 30-year-old Jones had been stripped of the title twice, the first time in April 2015, just a few months after beating Cormier in their first matchup via unanimous decision in January of that same year. Jones is the light heavyweight champion, but has long contemplated a move up to heavyweight — and his post-fight comments make it clear that he's interested. "Like if you get in a situation where you can choke him out, you're not going to choke him out? No!"

"I want to take this time to thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and motivator".

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