Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on Saturday night (July 29), via a second round TKO to regain the light heavyweight championship.
It was the pair’s long awaited rematch, over two years in the making. It ended late in the second round, when Jones caught DC with a high leg kick that wobbled the now-former champ, who eventually fell to the mat as Jones gave chase and immediately pounced and delivered vicious hammer fists that prompted referee Big John McCarthy to stop the fight.
“It feels unbelievable,” Jones said in the Octagon after the fight. “It’s a surreal moment. I know it hasn’t been easy to root for me. I love you guys so much.”
An emotional Cormer broke down into tears and could barely offer any explanation when asked to by Joe Rogan. “I don’t even know what happened. Oh man, that was so disappointing,” he said. “If he won both fights, then there is no rivalry. I dunno…”
Despite their bitter back-n-forth over the years, Jones spoke highly of DC. “I wanna thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and biggest motivator. He has no reason to bow his head. He has been a model champion,” he said. “Unfortunately, we were rivals. Outside of that, he’s a true champion for the rest of his life.”
Oh, and before walking out of the cage, Jones delivered a challenge… to BROCK LESNAR!! “Brock Lesnar, if you wanna know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon.”
Leading up to UFC 214, both Lesnar and Jones said they were interested in facing each other for a UFC superfight, after reports surfaced that Brock was potentially eyeing another comeback. Whether or not it happens remains to be seen.
Also during the evening at UFC 214, Tyron Woodley defeated Demian Maia via unanimous decision, Cris Cyborg earned a third round TKO over Tonya Evinger, and Robbie Lawler defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision.