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Daniel Cormier v Jon Jones predictions & betting tips: Jon Jones to regain light-heavyweight title at UFC 214

Leigh Copson 27 Jul 2017
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Jon Jones and Daniel Comier to rematch in July (credit: Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Daniel Cormier v Jon Jones predictions for the UFC light-heavyweight title fight at UFC 214. Jon Jones makes his return to action when he challenges champion Daniel Cormier on July 29, but will the former 205lb king regain the title he never lost inside the Octagon? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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The fall of Jon Jones was more spectacular than his impressive rise. Jones was just 20 years of age when he debuted in the UFC boasting a perfect record of 6-0, and much was expected of the New Yorker has he reeled off three straight victories. He dominated Matt Hamill only to suffer his first – and only – career defeat when he was disqualified for using illegal 12-6 elbows, but that loss did nothing to derail his climb up the ladder.

Brandon Vera, Wladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader were all dispatched as Jones secured a shot at then light-heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua, and at the age of 23 he dethroned ‘Shogun’ to become the youngest champion in UFC history – dominating the legendary Brazilian for almost three rounds before finishing him off with strikes. From there Jones took on a who’s who of fighters and all were dispatched in dominant fashion, with exception of Alexander Gustafsson, but it was his behaviour outside of the Octagon that threatened to destroy his career.

There was the revelation that he had failed a drug test prior to his fight with Daniel Cormier in early 2015, but worse was to come as Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident involving a pregnant woman. ‘Bones’ plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident but avoided jail-time for the incident. He was, however, stripped of his UFC light-heavyweight title and Cormier succeeded him as champion when he forced Anthony Johnson to tap out to a rear-naked choke in May 2015. Cormier made a successful first defence of the title when he defeated Gustafsson via split decision later that year, but the fight everyone was talking about was a possible showdown with heated rival Jones.

Prior to their January 2015 showdown the two men had brawled at a press conference and engaged in a long-running verbal war that played out in the media and via social media. That heat did not die down after Jones beat Cormier at UFC 182 and the latter could not resist the temptation to call out the former champion moments after beating Johnson for the vacant title, telling Jones to “get your s**t together, I’m waiting for you!” The verbal jabs continued and it was later announced that the two men would main event the historic UFC 200 card, with the light-heavyweight title up for grabs.

Of course, we all know what happened next. Just days before the fight it was announced that ‘Bones’ had tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition drug test, forcing the UFC to remove him from the event and put a huge question mark over his career.

However, earlier this year UFC president Dana White admitted Jones would likely get an immediate title shot when his ban was over and that will be the case with ‘Bones’ set to challenge Cormier on July 29. But will Cormier finally get the chance to prove he is now the number one light-heavyweight on the planet or will Jones regain the crown that was taken away from him outside of the Octagon?

I many not like the man, but I have to go with Jones. ‘Bones’ may have been out of the Octagon for some time now, but he has that natural talent and fight IQ that will help him overcome the ‘ring rust’.  This is a man who has rarely shown any chinks in his armour and Cormier had very little success in the last fight between the two men. Jones controlled the contest for almost the entire 25 minutes, out-wrestling the two-time Olympian and taking him down on several occasions to earn the nod from all three judges, and I expect to see similar scenes.

Cormier will go the distance and will probably land a few good punches here and there, but I just cannot go against arguably the greatest fighter MMA has ever seen. Like me you may not think much of Jones as a man, but as a fighter you cannot take away from the fact he has dominated almost every fighter he has faced – and there are some legendary names in his list of beaten opponents. After 25 minutes the judges will award this fight to Jones and he will once again take his place at the top of the light-heavyweight division.

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