The MMA world – myself included – waited weeks for the clash between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Daniel Cormier. This fight was everything a main event title match should be.
Like any challenger, Cormier showed plenty of heart as he traded leather with Jones. Like any champion, “Bones” fought through DC’s assault and fired back with his own strikes. He also managed to take DC down several times throughout the fight.
Sure his post-match antics may get on the nerve of folks who believe that world class athletes should be humble, but I’m past the point of trying to pass judgment on how a champion should act.
The rest of the card was so-so. Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman and Brad Tavares vs. Nate Marquardt were a bit lackluster.
Kyoji Horiguchi and Louis Gaudinot put on a fast-paced bout, as flyweights are known to do. Donald Cerrone proved that he is one of the top guys at lightweight after his win over Myles Jury, who still has a little ways to go. Unfortunately this doesn’t put Cerrone closer to a shot at the lightweight title, something he acknowledged in a pre-fight interview.
All in all it was an okay pay per view. I was watching it with friends who aren’t the biggest MMA fans and rather than be quiet and let the fight play out, they like to express how they feel when something boring was happening.
With Jones retaining his title, there’s a chance we might get to see him rematch Alexander Gustafsson. I thought it was a bit misleading how Joe Rogan and the production team hyped up the idea that Cormier was Jones’ toughest opponent, which they’re supposed to do. They’re promoting a fight after all. And Cormier may have been Jones’ toughest challenge – on paper.
However, those of us who watched the war between Jones and Gustafsson know that “The Mauler” gave the champion his toughest challenge ever.
Jones vs. Gustafsson II is one fight on my wishlist. If The Mauler can get past Anthony “Rumble” Johnson then we may see the rematch of the greatest light heavyweight bout of all time.