UFC President Dana White is hoping the third time’s a charm for this bout as the previous two cards were cancelled between Cormier and Jones due to a bevy of legal issues and drug infractions. The two had initially met back in 2015 at UFC 182 where Jones had won via unanimous decision. Shortly after the victory, Jones had been stripped of the title and suspended by the UFC for his involvement in a hit and run. The rematch came a year later however Cormier was forced to pull out just weeks before the event due to a leg injury. Then came the most recent bit of drama when Jones was suspended for a full year back in 2016 due to a failed drug test.
Amazingly enough, the much anticipated rematch is only a few days away and after all the drama and nonsense surrounding “Bones” Jones, the 30-year old New Yorker is still favoured heavily as he’s paying (1.363) straight up on the moneyline. Cormier is a considerable underdog on the moneyline paying an even 3-1 according to Sportingbet.
Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler is built like a tank, and his impressive 19-1 MMA record is marred by just the one loss to Jones at UFC 182. Cormier has looked good in his four fights since the defeat as he’s submitted Anthony Johnson twice while winning by decision over Anderson Silva and Alexander Gustafsson.
Jones is largely viewed as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the MMA and currently holds down the longest active winning streak in the UFC. With an impressive record of 22-1 Jones is still in the heart of his prime as a fighter and if he can just keep his nose out of trouble, can continue his reign atop the UFC’s elite.
The Welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia is second on the card as Woodley is looking to make it four consecutive successful title defenses. The opposing Brazilian Demian Maia is 25-6 and has won his last seven fights. This will be the first title shot for Maia who is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Maia is paying (2.50) on the moneyline via Sportingbet. American Tyron Woodley will put his belt on the line behind his orthodox boxing and wrestling fighting style and is paying (1.50) straight up on the money line.