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Jones wins title back at UFC 214

By on July 29, 2017

Jon JonesJon Jones again sits atop the UFC light heavyweight division after coming back from one-year suspension to dispatch Daniel Cormier in the third round of their title bout.

Jones was involved in a very close fight with rival Cormier through the first two rounds. The first round could have gone either way, with Cormier landing some very nice punches and countering many of Jones’ kicks early. However, Jones used his length effectively to maintain range with his opponent while often kicking Cormier’s lead leg.

The second round saw Cormier cut by an apparently accidental headbutt and later hit with what appeared to be a low blow by Jones. Cormier landed the better punches of the round and likely went into the third either even with the former champ or up two rounds to none.

Cormier was backing Jones up early in the round when Jones finally landed the left high kick that changed it all. Cormier was staggered by the powerful kick and immediately tried to backpedal, narrowly avoiding being tripped to the mat by Jones and nearly being hit by a flying knee against the cage, for good measure. Cormier fell over nonetheless, though, and Jones threw a non-stop barrage of punches to force what may have been a late stoppage by referee John McCarthy.

In the night’s other title fight, Tyron Woodley again retained his UFC Welterweight Championship, but also failed to entertain the fans in his second straight bout in the process. Through the five-round bout in which Woodley won perhaps every round, Woodley was content to defend takedowns and land single shots without committing to a prolonged striking attack.

Maia was also responsible for the dull contest, as he doggedly stuck to his strategy to get the fight to the mat at all costs, resulting in failed takedown after failed takedown for 25 minutes. Maia largely refused to engage with strikes while standing in a performance that mirrored his frustrating loss to Anderson Silva years ago.

The fight for the new UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship was much more pleasing for the fans. In the bout, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino handily defeated a game but overwhelmed Tonya Evinger, winning the first two rounds before cracking Evinger with a straight right and high kick early in round three that forced Evinger to fall back to the mat. Cyborg opted to wait for a restart instead of going to the mat and came forward into the clinch before landing a series of knees that crumpled Evinger for good.

Another great fight paired welterweight fan favorites Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone in a dream matchup for striking fans. Lawler was able to take the first and third rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.

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