Best photos of Jon Jones’ victory vs. Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jon Jones knocked out Daniel Cormier with a dramatic flurry of third-round strikes to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday night.
Jones, whose troubled personal issues cost him the title, got it back when the bout took a sudden twist at the midway point.
“I made it back man,” Jones said. “I have done the right things to get back to this point.”
The fight was evenly-matched, with perhaps Cormier enjoying a slight edge, when Jones unleashed a vicious head kick that rocked his rival. From there, the champion had no way back. Jones followed up with a series of blows and kicks that comprehensively ended the fight — albeit far too late. Referee John McCarthy disgracefully allowed Jones to continue to deliver punishment long after it was clear that Cormier no longer had the ability to defend himself.
Afterwards, Jones tried to draw a line under his long and vitriolic personal rivalry with his defeated opponent.
“Daniel Cormier has been a model champion,” Jones said. “He will be a champion for the rest of his life.”
Jones then laid the foundation for a mouthwatering potential fight against heavyweight fan favorite Brock Lesner, who tested positive for a banned substance at UFC 200 before returning to the WWE.
“Brock Lesnar,” Jones said. “If you want to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon.”