In little under a month, on July 9th, the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas will play host to one of the biggest MMA events in history - UFC 200: Jones Vs. Cormier 2. It’s a landmark event in the sport, and after months of speculation and turmoil, the main event card is locked in - and it’s a slobberknocker. 12 fights are currently scheduled, the majority of which could justifiably headline any other UFC event, but this isn’t any other event, it’s historic and here at Made4Fighters we simply cannot wait for the action to get underway. We’re going to take a closer look at the two fights at the very top of the card.
The main event will see the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones, make his first return to the Octagon after serving his suspension following felony arrest in 2015 and overcoming substance abuse problems. Jones is without doubt the story of the fight, and the man who is unanimously hailed as the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world, goes into this bout against the current Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier, as a massive odds-on favourite to reclaim his title.
This isn’t the first time they’ve faced off, and Jones already boasts a unanimous decision victory over Cormier at UFC 182. This fight is significant for many reasons and the two share a storied history, but it’s especially relevant as we head into the rematch, it stands as Cormier’s only professional defeat - the only blot on an otherwise perfect UFC resumé. In hindsight it was fairly plain sailing for Jones at UFC 182, and most experts are expecting much of the same, if not worse for Cormier in Vegas on the 9th at UFC 200.
A win for Cormier would immediately cement his own legacy, but can the man who has been trying to convince everybody that he can infact go toe-to-toe with Jones, possibly upset the odds? To do so he’s going to have to step into the Octagon with a totally different mentality, and should take notes from Nate Diaz on how to handle the occasion and make an immediate impact against a fan-favourite, and seemingly unstoppable fighter. Cormier needs to convince himself that the result isn’t already in the books, and give Jones something to think about in round 1, the longer this one goes, the more the 37 year-old will struggle to match Jones’ impressive array of weapons. In the last 12-months, we’ve seen Rousey and McGregor lose - emphatically, so there’s precedent set for a huge upset.
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