UFC 214 takes place this weekend and its main card is headlined by what could well be one of the most highly anticipated title fights of all time as the champ Daniel Cormier looks to solidify his legacy against the returning Jon Jones.
If this year’s International Fight Week didn’t quite do it for you then fear not, as this weekend’s UFC 214 looks set to be an absolute cracker.
As a whole, the card itself is a phenomenal one, yes, but the main event rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones just seems like one of those rare fights that comes along every once in a while, one that has all of the history and tension necessary to provide a truly fascinating narrative for us to dig into as we edge closer to Saturday night.
I think it’s safe to say that we all know the story of Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones. The youngest champion in UFC history has carved out a near-flawless career up until this point, with wins over the likes of Cormier himself, Alexander Gustafsson, Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson, but despite his unbeaten record (say what you want about Matt Hamill, but let’s be real), his problems outside of the octagon have damaged him more than any punch thrown or submission attempted.
Indeed, his skills are unquestionably elite but for many, Jones has yet to really push into his so-called ‘prime’ and though he has spoken about a move up to heavyweight at some point, at this stage, all that we want from him is to show up and actually fight for the title that he so dramatically lost.
Jones appeared on a recent episode of ‘Skip & Shannon: Undisputed’ and spoke with hosts Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe about his upcoming fight and when asked about his views on his legacy, he did little to deflect the ‘G.O.A.T’ label that so many have already bestowed upon him, with him going as far as to even argue that he has already cemented his place as the sport of mixed martial arts’ very best.
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Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena