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UFC 214: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 Main Event Preview

UFC 214: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 Main Event Preview

The pair first faced each other in January 2015 when Jones took a unanimous decision victory, before later being stripped of the title he defended on that night.

"I'm super proud of where I'm at physically", Jones said. He will reclaim his bout and move to 2-0 against Cormier, and the UFC doesn't tend to book trilogies when one fighter has already lost twice. "I'm a much better fighter today than I was".

He is considered MMA's pound-for-pound No 1 fighter though the 30-year-old (22-1) is coming off a year's suspension for a failed drugs test. At this time, Jones' personal decisions were already starting to influence the way that he was viewed as an athlete.

If Lesnar is indeed serious of returning to UFC, Jones vs Lesnar is a fight the mma outfit will desperately try to make. I think it's about time for me to be involved in a superfight. The loss to Jones has always stood out when evaluating Cormier's place pound-for-pound. "Daniel Cormier has been one of the biggest sources of motivation I've had in the last two, 3 years and I thank him for that and for pushing me to a higher level", said Jones.

It was only a year ago, after all, when Jones was sitting on stage speaking about his new sober life and the lessons he'd learned from the auto crash. It's one of the biggest mixed martial arts fight of the year, and it actually has a backstory that is more interesting than most video games.

Greg Beacham of the Associated Press reached out to Lesnar last week and asked if he'd fight Jon Jones if the former returned to UFC. Before Jones and Cormier, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia in a compelling clash of styles, and pound-for-pound women's superstar Cris "Cyborg" Justino faces Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant featherweight title. Even when he was doing coke (despite trying to portray a squeaky clean public image) and partying during training camp, he was able to clearly win fights.

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As far as Lesnar is concerned, he is now contracted to the WWE until at least WrestleMania 34, meaning any potential bout with Jones will have to wait quite some time.

"It feels unbelievable", Jones said in the Octagon after the fight.

"If he could just swallow that and go "You know what?"

It had been rumored for the past few weeks that both Jones and current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar were interested in a potential Super Fight, possibly stemming from the enormous financial success that awaits Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor on August 26th.

It was the smallest favorite Jones had been in his career, and despite having only fought once in the two and a half years since, he won't drop lower ahead of tonight's rematch with Cormier at UFC 214.

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