According to a Jan. 3 report from MMA Mania, Jon Jones successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight belt for the eighth time, out-wrestling Daniel Cormier in a spirited five-round affair in the main event of UFC 182 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jones, 27, showed off his new and improved wrestling skills, earning takedown after takedown on his opponent.
Jones’ takedown defense was also on point, as he kept Cormier at bay with a legit sprawl technique. Jones shocked the world by overpowering Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler. Heading into the fight, not many would have guessed that Jones would put Cormier on his back twice in the fourth frame of action, but that’s exactly what happened.
With Round One being much of a feeling out process, it wasn’t until the second frame that both fighters began to open up with their full arsenal. Cormier didn’t want to gas out early, so he waited for the second stanza to unload on Jones. As expected, he negated Jones’ five-inch height advantage by showcasing his dirty boxing skills. He tried to keep Jones clinched up to avoid serious damage in the standup game.
For the most part, Cormier’s gameplan worked out in the early-going. Jones connected with some short elbows, but Cormier was never in serious trouble. The most significant action occurred in the fourth frame, with Jones scoring two takedowns on Cormier. The former Olympian was expected to be the better wrestler, while Jones was slated to keep the fight standing.
It seemed that the fighters switched roles, with Jones wanting to wrestle and Cormier wanting to strike. Jones ended up with the decision on the judges’ scorecards, after five exciting rounds of action. What will the aftermath of UFC 182? Unfortunately, Jones ruined a great fight by throwing a punch at Cormier after the final bell. Will the UFC fine him, or will he walk away without being penalized? Time will tell the answer to that question.
Jones sells a ton of pay-per-views, so that should earn him some slack from UFC officials. Chances are, he’ll be matched against the winner of Anthony Johnson versus Alexander Gustafsson. He avoided any serious damage, so he should be able to compete sometime in the near future. UFC 182 also featured a co-main of Donald Cerrone versus Myles Jury, which ended in stunning fashion.
Cerrone took Jury to the distance, earning a decision on the judges’ scorecards. Elsewhere on the UFC 182 main card, Hector Lombard earned a decision win over Josh Burkman. Additionally, UFC 182 featured a decision win by Brad Tavares over Nate Marquardt.