UFC 214 one day later — all Jon Jones, all the time
By Brian Martin
Cris Cyborg finally completed a remarkable career metamorphosis.
Tyron Woodley continued to hold on to his title amid the displeasure of some.
Yet UFC 214 was all about Jon Jones on Saturday night at Honda Center.
Here are our next-day thoughts after an epic night led by the greatest fighter in UFC history:
Jon Jones is back
UFC 214: Jon Jones, Woodley, Cyborg go home with the gold
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The light heavyweight phenom, with all the talent in the world along with a seemingly equal amount of poor life decisions, ascended to new heights.
The former champion, twice stripped of titles by the UFC and most recently suspended a year for testing positive for two banned substances, found himself wearing gold around his waist again, kneeling in the Octagon and overcome with emotion after knocking out Daniel Cormier in the third round.
Jones already was the only man to defeat Cormier when he defended his title via unanimous decision at UFC 182 in early 2015.
After nearly 15 months away from the Octagon, Jones on Saturday became the only man to finish Cormier — a head kick sending Cormier reeling, leading to a vicious ground-and-pound attack from Jones that referee John McCarthy finally halted at 3:01 of the third round.
Everyone loves a good comeback story, and Jones’ has plenty to like.
Last week, Jones said all the right things, expressing his gratitude to be back.
That grew tenfold after Jones shocked the world Saturday night — and even more after the fight.
The weeklong rumor of a superfight against WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar took on a whole new life.
Jones wrapped up the post-fight […]