UFC 214: Jones vs Cormier 2 – Winners and Losers


We witnessed comprehensive mass from this show. It’s nonetheless another eventuality where there was a bit of all for everyone, with some history-making moments and loyal top-level action.

True, not each quarrel was a conflict satisfactory — or whatever a Just Bleed throng thinks a competition should be — yet we got one of a best categorical label lineups in new memory that for a incomparable part, indeed delivered. Let’s face it, a UFC has not had a truly good year due to several factors. This was some-more than a exhale of uninformed air, it’s a shot in a arm that accomplishes a charge of environment adult a best opposite a best and appreciative fans all around.

And a UFC unequivocally doesn’t have anything to protest about. Imperfect, yet still amazing? It’s a concede we should gladly take. And for one night – even if usually for that one night – a clearly unfit charge of overshadowing a imitation that is Mayweather vs McGregor indeed happened. Not around debate or finished conflict, yet by a tip exponents of a competition putting all on a line. If we were a over fan that indispensable a sign of since we favourite a competition in a initial place, this eventuality had copiousness of reasons for that.

  • Winners

Jon Jones – He had a bit of a severe patch in this fight, holding some-more repairs than he competence have expected. For a rematch, it seemed like Cormier was means to find some-more opportunities to land shots than before. Jones was in a bit of trouble, yet continued to uncover he has an iron chin, landed a far-reaching array of strikes and kept Cormier guessing for many of a fight. The headkick that led to a final conflict was design perfect, and his follow-up was vicious. The uncover of honour towards Cormier after a quarrel and approval of his personal failings was one thing, yet a thankfulness towards those around him unequivocally finished for a bigger moment. Jones radically finished a chosen MMA post-fight trifecta – wins a quarrel in illusory fashion, heaps regard on his competition while display respect, and calls out another competition that’s for an even bigger fight. Everything came adult aces tonight for Jones, and a competition is richer for carrying him behind and in tip form.

Cris Cyborg – For a past few years we wondered if a UFC indispensable Cyborg some-more than she indispensable them. She was out in a forest while Ronda Rousey was murdering a game, yet was kept on a Zuffa payroll while she was in Invicta and finished her proceed to a UFC to continue brutalizing a opposition. Justino nailed Evinger with difficult damage, eventually causing Tonya’s physique to quit. After being villainized and being called “Wanderlei in a dress“, she’s wearing UFC bullion – and it was Dana White himself that had to put that belt around her waist. Another warrior that won additional large here, deliberation she fought a many legit competition she’s faced given a Marloes Coenen rematch, gets a pretension for a multiplication that was flattering many combined for her, and she’s got a agreement traffic entrance up. we can’t exaggerate how many of a bonus this is for her.

Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone – we can honour a opinion of those that remonstrate with a decision, yet we can’t repudiate that both fighters had their form towering here. Robbie bounces behind from this knockout pretension detriment while Cerrone bounces behind from a Masvidal loss. Can we unequivocally complain? We got a dream compare that fans were salivating over, and a usually thing that unhappy was that this wasn’t a five-round fight. Massive props to both gentlemen. With Maia’s detriment and Condit’s inactivity, Cerrone competence not even pierce an in. in possibly instruction in a rankings. Normally, that would put him in a “neither” category, yet this quarrel was too good and there’s a good evidence for him warranted a preference here as well. As for Lawler, we’ll have to see what a matchmakers have to say.

Volkan Oezdemir – Coming in during #5 and holding on #3 in your third UFC fight? Not bad. Even better, he’s got dual uninterrupted finishes and continues to dissapoint a betting lines. He wasn’t “supposed” to win in any of his 3 UFC wins, yet here we are. From a brief left palm to a large shot that led to a knockdown, Volkan shows an ability to do large repairs even in a brief space. The follow-up shots on a belligerent unequivocally had malice behind them, and Oezdemir competence – might – be knocking on a doorway of a pretension fight.

Ricardo Lamas – Lamas seemed some-more angry than anything during Jason Knight’s leg conflict game, and soon dominated once a quarrel became a distinguished conflict again. After that, it looked like aim practice. Two true wins given a detriment to Max Holloway final Jun in what finished as a barnburner, and Lamas isn’t negligence down. It’s roughly like he’s unequivocally in his primary now, and he solidifies his position during #3 in his division. Shame that a #1 and 2 fighters are now in limbo, yet he competence leapfrog them both for a rematch opposite a champion. Maybe.

Aljamain Sterling – Sterling’s UFC record is now 6-2, and he managed to put a harm on a former champion that had been widespread for many of his career. Sterling didn’t usually gain on a belligerent with his positional control and striking, yet he finished adult removing a improved of Barao on a feet. While Sterling’s distinguished isn’t a best, it was organic adequate to interrupt Barao’s timing and get by to do damage. Much like featherweight, a tip of a bantamweight multiplication is a bit difficult right now, yet he should pierce adult a mark or two.

Brian Ortega – Ortega’s got a bent to be reckless, yet he can take a shot and refuses to get outworked. He was means to go toe-to-toe with a some-more technical striker and waylay adult a illusory acquiescence win. He stays undefeated with 4 true UFC wins in his pocket.

Invicta FC – We usually saw a champion vs champion Invicta bout, usually on a UFC PPV. It’s a covenant to Invicta’s scouting and work gripping a women’s stage active, permitting for Evinger’s career resurgence and Cyborg’s evolution. Shannon Knapp’s kind difference after a quarrel supplement to that, and their grant to a competition can't be overstated.

Drew Dober came behind large from his final fight, a acquiescence detriment to Olivier Aubin-Mercier. A knockout opposite a maestro does good in management’s eyes, so he’s good here. Calvin Kattar gave Fili some-more than he competence have expected, and now has 9 true wins with a good win for his UFC entrance opposite a tangible fighter. Aleksandra Albu took a lot of damage, yet finished adult with a win to sojourn undefeated as well. Another undefeated warrior is Jarred Brooks, who finally creates it to a UFC after bouncing around general organizations to acquire a win over a warrior that did good on one of a many talent-rich seasons of TUF.

  • Losers

Jimi Manuwa – So many for a David Haye thing, amirite? No? Well, that was a heartless loss, and even in a multiplication like light heavyweight it sets him behind utterly a bit. Oezdemir competence not be Rumble Johnson, yet he found a off switch. This kind of detriment undoes a lot of a good work he’s finished as of late. Manuwa competence decrease a few spots deliberation a relocating pieces in a tip 10 right now. And his teammate Alexander Gustafsson competence get a subsequent pretension shot as well. Not good for Jimi.

Jason Knight – Not certain if Knight stumbled here or indeed strike his ceiling. He mislaid his UFC entrance and rattled off 4 true wins. If this were a preference loss, it wouldn’t be so bad. But a detriment like this shows he competence not be prepared for a chosen of a division, during slightest not yet. He wasn’t as rival as many felt he could be, and this detriment could have him decrease in a division, even if usually for a bit.

Renan Barao – The dropoff here has been unequivocally unhappy to witness, and it’s tough to tell how many longer he should even be fighting for. Barao took a lot of repairs on a belligerent and had few answers. For a warrior with a career as prolonged as his, it’s transparent his primary is over. His diversion got figured out, though. The Dillashaw fights busted him, and now a plans for violence him is out there. He has zero to be ashamed of, though. He was daring to a end, generally with that behind take. Well, during slightest we’ll always have this.

Renato Moicano – Despite being 3-1 in a UFC and this being his initial veteran detriment overall, he takes a bit of a strike here. After remaining technical and winning a lot of a exchanges standing, that brash takedown now raises questions about his quarrel IQ and how good he’d transport opposite a tip fighters in a division. Getting submitted by one of a best BJJ players in a competition is what it is, yet removing drifting in your proceed like that sets him back, even after a win over Jeremy Stephens.

Eric Shelton ends adult with his second true loss, heading to a 0-2 start to his UFC run. we privately wish he sticks around, since he’s gifted and can put on some good performances. These waste haven’t been a illustration of his talents. Andre Fili has been swapping wins and waste via his UFC run, and continues to have difficulty opposite incomparable vigour fighters or guys that are improved altogether athletes than him. Kailin Curran showed some good now wrinkles to her game, yet it isn’t enough. All 5 of her waste have happened in a UFC, and she’s roughly guaranteed to be released. Here’s anticipating she gets a shot during Invicta and is means to spin things around. Josh Burkman is unequivocally removing cut after his fourth true detriment and a 1-6 (1NC) UFC record. That no-contest was a violence of a lifetime released by Hector Lombard, that was overturned. we was disturbed for Burkman’s altogether health and contentment after that fight, and it hasn’t gotten better. Let’s wish he’s means to redeem from all of this.

Dishonorable mention – Joe Rogan: we have a lot of adore and honour for Joe, yet come on, man. He’s discussed not interviewing fighters that had been knocked out, and still pushed to talk Cormier, who was clearly not totally there and emotionally distressed. At slightest Cormier didn’t answer with names of pointless perfumes. His try during explaining his logic after a fact wasn’t good, either. Dude was concussed, and we unequivocally wish he sticks to his prior position from here on in. Leave a male alone if he’s been slept.

  • Neither

Daniel Cormier – As eminent kilt-wearer Iain Kidd mentioned on a Three Amigos Podcast (which we unequivocally should be listening to), Cormier’s biggest set-back is being one of a best ever fighting in a epoch of the best ever. During Jones’ absence, he degraded a other tip dual group seen as a biggest threats to Jones. Cormier has been an well-developed talent and got some good offense in this time, even reversing a takedown and tagging Jones with some heartless shots. It wasn’t enough, yet how bad is it to have your usually dual waste be to a male that could really good be a biggest of all time? This detriment puts him in a bizarre arrange of dilapidation where he competence not get another shot opposite Jones as prolonged has Jon binds a belt, yet he could span adult good opposite any other warrior in a division. He’s not done, not by any measure. He’ll usually need some time off and maybe pierce adult to heavyweight depending on how things go for his teammate Cain Velasquez.

Tyron Woodley – Let’s get a initial partial out of a proceed – Woodley shutting out Maia’s takedown diversion for a entirety of a five-round quarrel was an superb accomplishment. There’s no evidence opposite that one point. Woodley was discreet and countered Maia’s diversion beautifully. Problem is, it wasn’t exciting. Then again, we demeanour during this a proceed we did when Woodley fought Jordan Mein in Strikeforce – it takes dual for a quarrel to be good or terrible. Be insane during him all we want, a other male stranded to one thing. There’s no sorcery fury scale conflict that Woodley could have pulled off to finish a quarrel in an instant. He wasn’t going to needlessly go to a ground, and elite to have his competition gas himself out while winning on a feet. Rag on a quarrel for not being exciting, it’s a satisfactory comment to make. Not each quarrel is going to be Takayama/Frye. Besides, Americans adore tension. It confuses me since that doesn’t seem to MMA as often. American football is wrought with it, carrying a lot of buildup during a march of play. Hell, westerns work a same way, with a lot of tragedy that leads to even a smallest fact bringing out a greeting from a viewer. This wasn’t a staring competition that a second quarrel opposite Wonderboy was, it was some-more like their initial fight. And it worked. From a technical perspective, this was a good fight. It’s not Tyron’s error that it looked like a ring session, during slightest not entirely. Woodley still has a belt, and anyone that doesn’t like that is giveaway to base opposite him. That’s fine. He’s not removing paid to be reckless, he’s removing paid to contest and win. It doesn’t do him any favors and open opinion of him wasn’t accurately amazeballs to start with. He stays in a holding pattern. As for his opponent?

Demian Maia – Again, not a many sparkling bout. Then again, demeanour during a murderer’s quarrel he went by to get here and how easy he finished unbroken quarrel look. Think about that, and don’t this quarrel tone your notice of him as a warrior nor where he stands in a division. Sure, as we mentioned above, he got close out. That says some-more about Woodley than it does about Maia, yet saying as all a hatred is being heaped on Woodley, Maia’s picture and station take no repairs whatsoever from a open family perspective. Much like Cormier, a window is shutting for his career, and he competence not get another shot. That doesn’t meant he’s cleared adult or that he can’t get another pretension shot underneath some musty circumstances. It’s happened before.

Tonya Evinger – Aside from this being her UFC debut, she hung in there opposite one of a many feared women on a planet, hold her possess and never mentally broke. It wasn’t until depletion and repairs did their pursuit that she was incompetent to quarrel back. Was it pretty? No, Evinger’s diversion isn’t flattering overall, yet she managed to land some decent shots and a takedown in a quarrel where she wasn’t approaching to be competitive. Did we discuss that this isn’t even her weight class? And that she was open to holding this quarrel behind when both were still in Invicta? Much like Cerrone, she earns a ton of honour and gets a UFC contract.

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