UFC 214 Preview: Jones squares off as big favourite vs. Cormier

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DUE TO THE self-destructive nature of his life over the past two years, there were times when Jon Jones' rematch with Daniel Cormier seemed destined never to happen.

The third and final title fight is for the vacant women's featherweight title as Cris Cyborg (19-1 record in MMA) takes on Tonya Evinger (19-5-1 record in MMA) in what should be a back-and-forth encounter with two risky strikers. At home in Orange County, featherweight title contender Cris Cyborg packs for her short drive to fight week and shows off some gifts from fans. "I win Saturday night, and I'm the greatest fighter ever".

Following yesterday's (Thurs. July 28, 2017) open workouts at the UFC Gym, Cormier spoke to the media to respond to Jones' comments about having arrived in the UFC during the wrong era. Either way, let's make it extremely clear, Jon Jones has nobody to blame but himself for this situation.

"I think my story is going to really inspire somebody else who f***ed up", Jones added. It always feels good to be cheered, but I've come to learn it does not matter what the reception is.

Woodley now moves on to the next challenge, with No. 5-ranked Maia bringing a divisional best seven-fight winning streak into the contest.

When they first locked horns, Jones was the man in possession of the belt and Cormier was the eager challenger. With a record of 19-1, the only blemish a defeat in the original Jones bout, Cormier had a relatively late start in MMA, transitioning to the cage after the 2008 Olympics. Both fighters have championship aspirations in mind and are willing to go for broke to be at the top of the title picture, and that's what makes this fight must-watch TV. Cormier and Jones have dominated the headlines this week, and rightly so. Jones (22-1) was the light heavyweight champ when he beat Cormier in a convincing unanimous decision title defense in January 2015 (testing positive for cocaine prior to that). But I got it as a 36-year-old man.

From Jones telling Cormier that he "looks like a crackhead with a suit on" to Cormier saying "I may look like one but I've never been a crackhead with a suit on" - it was certainly a war of words between the two rivals.

Jones can begin that process Saturday by putting his most intense rivalry in the past.

Jones, who professed to eating ice cream Thursday, weighed in at 204.5 and looked to be in tremendous condition for what some are calling one of the best match-ups in UFC history. The crown is sitting there Saturday night for Justino, all she has to do is reach out and take it. Still, many considered the Jones/Cormier feud unresolved, despite the fact that "Bones" wasn't eligible to fight again until his suspension expired.

"I think my talent and my brand, it grew faster than my character and me as a person", Jones said on Wednesday. "He is that son of a pastor and he's also the guy that's made the mistakes that everyone has seen".

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