Cormier vs Jones 2 – UFC 200 Statistical Matchup Analysis

Of all the big fights coming up this weekend, this one deserves to be the main event’s main event.

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Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier have been the centerpieces of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division for the past two years. They were originally slated to fight at UFC 178 in September 2014, but an injury to incumbent champion Jones postponed it to UFC 182 four months later. By then, Jones had already strung together a record-setting seven light heavyweight title defenses, while Cormier was 2-0 at 205 pounds. “Bones” took a clear though at times competitive decision win over Cormier before the UFC stripped him of his title for outside-of-the-cage shenanigans. After a lengthy time away, Jones made his comeback in April, when he coasted through Ovince St. Preux for the interim light heavyweight title. This will be the first time since 2013 that Jones fights more than once in a year.

On the other side of the cage at UFC 200 on Saturday in Las Vegas will be the former Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion and current UFC light heavyweight champion, though the latter accolade was only available once Jones was out of the picture. Since losing to Jones, Cormier has won two straight, choking out Anthony Johnson for the title and defending it in a razor-close decision against Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier has solidified his spot as the best 205-pounder in Jones’ absence, but that absence has always loomed over his championship claims, making this a high-stakes fight for his legacy in the promotion and the sport. Since joining the UFC, Cormier has fought at least twice every year, but this will be his first fight of 2016.

There is a lot to unpack in this fight, both from narrative and statistical perspectives. Let us see how the Tale of the Tape can shed some light on the matchup:

Some stats immediately jump off the page. The age difference is huge, as Cormier is at the point where sudden and drastic physical decline is a distinct possibility. In all fairness, we have not seen anything to suggest that will happen yet, but eventually the two decades of high-level competition will start to catch up. On the flipside, Jones is just starting to enter his physical prime, which is scary to think about since he has already put together the greatest light heavyweight run in the history of the sport. At the same time, Jones has been getting professionally punched in the face for a year and a half longer than Cormier, so the traditional aging curve may not apply cleanly in this situation.

As is usually the case in Jones’ fights, the anthropometric disparities are startling. Jones has a foot-long reach advantage and is five inches taller, making him a tremendous physical labyrinth to navigate on fight night. Granted, Cormier has spent the majority of his MMA career fighting bigger men at heavyweight, which could perhaps mitigate some of these disadvantages. Still, Jones’ physical tools are daunting, especially in the capable hands of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn.

The final stat to make note of is the layoff. Jones has been active more recently, which is definitely a plus for him after a prolonged absence. On the other hand, it has been nine months since Cormier’s thrilling victory over Gustafsson, and while that is approaching the point of potentially being too much time off, it may also be a net positive for him given his age and the rigorous nature of the Gustafsson fight. Both men are intimately familiar with each other’s games, and since they are coming from two of the elite camps in MMA right now, they should be well-prepared to put on their best possible performances.

Let us see what the specific striking numbers have to say:
Both Jones Cormier are on the higher end of output, though their striking styles are very different.

Cormier is a pressure fighter who strikes at his best when he dictates the pace and range of the fight. His wrestling base allows him to fight comfortably in the clinch, where his stout frame gives him ample space to throw strong, short punches and knees. He is primarily a headhunter, where 82 percent of his punches are aimed. He punches the body 11 percent of the time, while the remaining seven percent of his strikes are leg kicks. His range preference is much more balanced: 66 percent of his strikes come from distance, while 19 percent are in the clinch and 15 percent are on the ground. Cormier excels in the pocket and in the clinch, where his wrestling poses a distinct threat. His defense has statistically fallen off slightly since the first fight against Jones, and given the accuracy and output “Bones” brings to the table, it could be a crucial liability for Cormier.

It is hard to overstate the layered nature and complexity of Jones’ striking game. It is a rare instance to see a fighter with greater output, greater defense and more accurate striking than his opponent — especially at the championship level — but such is the case in this fight. With an 84-inch reach, Jones can chew opponents up from the outside while they swing at air. If they close the distance, they enter into Jones’ clinch, which is among the most dangerous clinches in all of MMA. Jones attacks with a diverse array of strikes and frequently switches his target. The head accounts for 65 percent of Jones’ total strikes, with 17 percent going to the body and 18 percent to the legs. In terms of range, 69 percent of his strikes come from distance, with 15 percent in the clinch and 16 percent to grounded opponents.

The final factor in the striking matchup is power. Although Cormier has two less fights’ worth of statistics, they both have the same amount of knockdowns or about one every four to five fights. At the same time, Jones has never been knocked down, whereas Cormier has been knocked down twice — once in each of his last two fights. It is a statistic worth noting, especially with Cormier’s age.

Should the fight turn into a grappling match, here is how the numbers break down:
Given the dynamism of Jones’ striking game, it is easy to forget that he comes from a wrestling background. He attempts one or two takedowns per round and completes over half of them. Once he is on the ground, he has a smothering top game predicated less on positional advances and more on ground-and-pound and submissions. His submissions are high-percentage; not only does he have the division’s record for submission wins, but he has finished everyone he has tried to submit except for Glover Teixeira. Jones has only been taken down twice in the UFC — by Cormier and Gustafsson — and only Vitor Belfort has been able to attempt a submission on him.

As an NCAA runner up and two-time Olympian, Cormier has a deep wrestling game. He shoots for more takedowns than Jones, though he completes them less often. Once he gets the fight to the mat, he has seamlessly suffocating top control. He tends to work for dominant positions and administer ground-and-pound as opposed to looking for submissions. He has only tried to submit two people in his career, and both times he was successful after a few attempts. Only Josh Barnett has tried to submit Cormier, and nobody else has been in a position to try. Not too long ago, Cormier was renowned for having perfect takedown defense, but he has been taken down in each of his last three fights.

The Final Word
This is a compelling matchup between the two very best light heavyweights on the planet right now. The odds have Jones as the favorite anywhere between -330 and -265, whereas Cormier is the underdog somewhere between +257 and +210. These are wider odds than their first encounter, which seems about right. Even though Cormier is technically the champion, Jones has always been considered the cream of the crop in the division; there is no denying the fact that “Bones” clearly took the first fight. The stakes are high. Cormier needs a win to remove the asterisk from his champion status and validate his name in the history books. For Jones, another win over “DC” puts him that much closer to fully and comprehensively closing out a division like very few fighters ever have. It has been 18 months since they first met in the cage, and a lot has happened since then. Soon, we will see if enough has changed to make the outcome of the rematch any different.

Data for the analysis was provided by FightMetric. Eric Stinton performed all analysis. Stinton and assume no responsibility for bets placed on fights, financial or otherwise. Source: Sher Dog

Video: UFC 200 Counterpunch: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones (Full Episode)

Cormier vs Jones 2 : UFC 200 – It’s Time. #Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier# Mega Fight Time, date, . Cormier vs Jones streaming updates coverage 24/7.

Let the non-stop promotion continue for the upcoming landmark UFC 200 event.

Featured above is the full episode of the new special, UFC Counterpunch: Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier, which features the reigning UFC 205-pound champion and the current interim UFC 205-pound champion duking it out in a game of verbal warfare.

Hosted by longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan, the official description for the episode reads as follows:

“Insults fly and the enmity grows when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and interim titleholder Jon Jones discuss their upcoming rematch in a heated interview. Hosted by Joe Rogan.”

Cormier vs Jones headlines UFC 200 on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 200: Why Daniel Cormier thinks Jon Jones rematch will be different (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS – The physical demands of being a professional fighter are obvious. In addition to being kicked, punched and slammed to the ground just about every day in order to prepare for a fight #cormier vs jones#, there is also the relentless conditioning that takes a toll.
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MMA fighters are among the most well-conditioned athletes in the world, and they push themselves in ways most of us could never imagine.

But that is only half of it, and it may be the easy half for a lot of fighters.

Preparing for a fight, particularly an important match against an arch-rival, is extraordinarily taxing emotionally, as well.

When things don’t go as planned in the cage, as they did not for Daniel Cormier against Jon Jones last year at UFC 182, it can seem like the world is collapsing around them.

Cormier was physically beaten but emotionally devastated by Jones last year in their light heavyweight title bout. After the match, he needed a pat on the back, someone to console him.

Bob Cook, his manager and one of his closest friends, was there for him. But Cook didn’t have a kind, gentle word or just offer a shoulder for Cormier to cry on.

No, Cook, a one-time MMA fighter himself, told Cormier exactly what he felt on the way he performed against Jones.

“I was so, so sad after the fight,” Cormier told Yahoo Sports. “Bob Cook is a guy who has invested a tremendous amount of time in me. I lived in his house, drove his car for a year-and-a-half as I was trying to become a mixed martial artist. He’s the closest thing I have to a mentor and a guide in this sport. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the job of trying to console someone in a very tough moment. People will pat you on the back and say, ‘Hey, DC, great fight.’ They’ll put an arm around your shoulder and just listen.

“Bob didn’t do that. He didn’t let me get patted on the back. He walked right up to me and stopped me in the hallway [as I was going to the locker room]. He said to me, ‘Daniel, normally I get a better fighter in the Octagon than I do in the gym. Today I did not.’ He said, ‘You lost and he beat you, but that’s OK. The problem is, you didn’t even fight. That wasn’t even close to the best Daniel Cormier.’ ”

The words stung, but they are words Cormier frequently recalls as the days wind down and his rematch with Jones nears. Cormier subsequently won the UFC light heavyweight title when Jones was stripped of his belt not long after UFC 182.

They’ll now meet on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in the main event of UFC 200. Based upon the first fight, Cormier has a lot of ground to cover, and oddsmakers have made Jones about a 3-to-1 favorite.

Cormier, though, is optimistic that the result will be different this time around. Cook’s words to him that night resonated and gave him the perspective he needed to try to fix the mistakes he made and cover the ground that needs to be covered in order to retain his title.

“It stung to hear that from a man who has done so much for me,” Cormier said. “I let him down. If I’d have given 110 percent, he’d have told me that I gave 110 percent. But he told me I didn’t give 110 percent. Those words at that moment, while I was at my moment, meant a lot. He didn’t sugarcoat anything.

“He made a very important point. It was like, yeah you lost, but you don’t need to fight like you’re eating at the best place at the Ritz Carlton. Just fight like you’re eating at the Outback Steakhouse and you’ll beat this guy.”

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Cormier, a two-time Olympic wrestler and the captain of the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling team, thought long and hard about Cook’s words in the aftermath of the defeat.

Cormier had a great emotional investment in the bout, as he disliked Jones intensely and what he stood for. The men had brawled in the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas following a news conference, and were later disciplined by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

They had an embarrassing media tour, at one point cursing at each other while at ESPN when realizing their microphones were hot. Several times during fight week, they and their teams nearly came to blows as they encountered each other in the hotel.

So it was hard simply to put the loss behind him. Cook’s words started him down that path, and it made a lot of sense to him as he thought of it.

“You know, there were guys I lost to in wrestling, Cael Sanderson, Khadzimurat Gatsalov, those types of guys, there were times I wrestled as well as I could and I couldn’t win,” Cormier said. “The simple fact was that those guys were better. It’s not like they were better in one thing; they were better in everything. They were just better than me and if I fought my best and they fought their best, they were going to win. But I don’t feel the same way about Jon.

“This guy is not unbeatable. He’s not. He’s a talented fighter and he’s got a great record, but he’s not unbeatable. Look: If I go to UFC 200 and I fight as well as I can and he still wins, I’ll say Jon’s better. But I don’t feel I need to fight a perfect fight. I don’t have to do that. But the last time, I didn’t fight very well at all, fought just in spurts, and we went five rounds. I understand how it went the first time, but I honestly believe that this is not an insurmountable task for me. It’s not. And I’ll be honest with you: I don’t think I’m going to win. I know I am. I know now that I don’t have to be perfect to win, and that’s a huge difference from the last time.” News Source:  Yahoo Sports

MMA analyst Robin Black breaks down Daniel Cormier v Jon Jones 2 at UFC 200

UFC 200 on July 9 features one of the biggest title fights in the UFC, as light-heavyweight champion of the world Daniel Cormier takes on interim champ Jon Jones for a second time.
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It’s a mouth-watering title unification battle that looks set to capture the imagination of fight fans around the world, as the UFC’s biggest grudge match gets a second chapter.

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The pair initially met at UFC 182 in January 2015, where their rivalry boiled over with a brawl during a photocall in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel.

Jones won the battle on fight night, beating Cormier by unanimous decision to retain his title.

But after a hit-and-run incident landed him in hot water with the authorities, Jones was stripped of his title, as Cormier became the UFC’s now king at 205lbs with victory over Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

Now Jones is back, having shaken off the Octagon rust in a laboured, but successful, interim title fight with Ovince Saint-Preux at UFC 197 in April this year.

And with the pair all set to renew hostilities in the main event at UFC 200, Canadian MMA analyst Robin Black brings us his high-energy take on where the battle will be won and lost.

It’s as big a title fight as the UFC could stage on the biggest fight week of the year, and jones vs cormier 2 takes place on Saturday night, July 9, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones UFC 200 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction – 7/9/16

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UFC: Saturday, July 9, 2016 (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Cormier +260 / Jones -320 — Over/Under: 4.5 See the Latest Odds
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Jon Jones Daniel Cormier fight Saturday night during UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Daniel Cormier enters this fight with a 17-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by knockout. Cormier has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a October win over Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier is averaging 3.89 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.6 percent. Cormier is averaging 1.85 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 39.6 percent. Cormier was supposed to fight Jones in April, but backed out due to a foot injury, so he’s had plenty of time to prepare for this fight. Cormier has been waiting for this fight for quite some time as his only loss came to Jones back in 2015. Cormier is a balanced fighter with a strong wrestling background, and he throws accurate and powerful strikes that have produced six knockouts. This will be Cormier’s fifth fight in Las Vegas.

Jon Jones enters this fight with a 22-1 record and has won 36 percent of his fights by knockout. Jones has won his last 13 fights and is coming off a April win over Ovince Saint Preux. Jones is averaging 4.25 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.6 percent. Jones is averaging 2.25 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.1 percent. Jones doesn’t need an introduction, as he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in UFC and hasn’t lost a fight since 2009. Bones is comfortable on the canvas, has knockout power and has proven he can win individual rounds with his last four fights ending in unanimous decisions. Even with just two fights under his belt the last two years, it doesn’t get much better than Jones on the UFC level. This will be Jones’ seventh fight in Las Vegas.

This should be a hell of a fight between two of the top fighters in the sport, but I don’t bet against Jones. It’s just that simple. In a sport where top fighters lose often and are replaced weekly, Bones has been the most consistent and usually dominates his opponent. Jones has a 12-inch reach advantage on Cormier, is bigger overall and is just the more balanced and polished fighter.

Jones vs Cormier There’s just some things you don’t bet against, and in this case, Jon Jones is one of them.


Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 set as the new main event for UFC 200

Jon Jones Daniel Cormier will face for the second time in the new headline bout for UFC 200.
cormier vs jonesThe new main event for UFC 200 is officially set as light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will meet interim champ Jon Jones on July 9 as part of the historic card taking place at the new T-Mobile Arena in La Vegas.

UFC officials announced the new fight on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

The new headline bout comes almost exactly one week after Conor McGregor was pulled from UFC 200 after he refused to travel to the United States for promotional engagements to begin planning for his fight against Nate Diaz.

The UFC decided there was no other option than to yank McGregor from the card and cancel his main even status for the event.

Following Jones’ victory over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last weekend, it was clear that he was the front runner to land the headline spot for his rematch with Cormier with the light heavyweight title up for grabs.

The two rivals were supposed to meet at UFC 197 but Cormier suffered a shin injury that forced him out of the fight.

Now the long awaited rematch is set for July 9 following Cormier’s recovery from the leg injury as well as Jones walking away unscathed from his last fight against Saint Preux.

Jones and Cormier may be involved in one of the most heated rivalries in the history of the sport.

Jones beat Cormier by unanimous decision the last time they met in January 2015, but a lot has changed since that fight took place.

Jones had to sit out for almost 16 months due to a hit-and-run accident last year that nearly put an end to his career. Meanwhile, Cormier went onto win the title vacated by Jones in his absence before defending the belt against Alexander Gustafsson this past October.

Jones and Cormier have been champing at the bit to fight each other and now they will get the chance as part of one of the biggest cards of the year at UFC 200.

Jones vs. Cormier 2 becomes the third title fight taking place at UFC 200 in addition to Miesha Tate facing Amanda Nunes as well as Jose Aldo against Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title.

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Jon Jones Looking Forward To Red Panty Night With Brock Lesnar

UFC 200 took a turn for the better this weekend, as the promotion used their airtime to announce a huge twist in the plot.

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Although MMA journalist Ariel Helwani leaked the information before the UFC had intended, the moment we heard the words ‘do you see me now?’ along with Brock Lesnar in the UFC 200 promo video, we were on the edge of our seats. The former heavyweight champion is returning for a one off fight, with an opponent yet to be confirmed.

The pro wrestling superstar pretty much cut all ties with the fighting world in 2011, stating he’d never enter the octagon again after the severe beatings he’d been handed. While battling diverticulitis, Lesnar was off for over a year following his TKO loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. He was squashed by Alistair Overeem in his final fight, as the merciless Dutch kickboxer targeted the gut in a harrowing display.

It seemed the Brock Lesnar experiment was over, but if there’s one thing we know from combat sports history it’s that nothing is ever over, especially not where money is concerned. It’s a given that fighting a huge draw like Lesnar, Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor etc. will line an otherwise less attractive fighter’s pockets to no end. If you can’t beat them, join them, meaning if you can’t get a fight against the big draws then try scoring a slot on the same card.

For the blockbuster cast of UFC 200, Lesnar’s addition means dollar signs all round. Headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones, UFC 200 is undoubtedly a stacked card throughout, but many felt it was missing the wow factor that Lesnar has now created.

Speaking of Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, they’ve both chimed in on the Lesnar saga that erupted at UFC 199, including Ariel Helwani being booted and indefinitely banned from UFC events.

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UFC 200: Cormier Vs Jones 2 “It’s Time” Video Promo

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Now that Brock Lesnar’s return has been made official, the UFC has made the special “It’s Time” video promo available for online viewing.

UFC 200 takes place July 9 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Lesnar returns against Mark Hunt in the co-main event (Lesnar vs Hunt), while Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones (Cormier vs Jones) collide to crown the unified light heavyweight champion.