Jones beats Cormier at UFC

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Jon Jones has re­claimed the lightheavy­weight ti­tle with a spec­tac­u­lar third-round TKO over arch-ri­val Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

In the most an­tic­i­pated bout of the year, Jones (23-1) proved too much for the cham­pion, stun­ning Cormier with a per­fectly timed head kick be­fore fin­ish­ing him off with a se­ries of bru­tal strikes on the ground.

It capped a re­mark­able come­back from Jones, ar­guably the best pound­for-pound MMA fighter on the planet, who was stripped of the belt af­ter be­ing ar­rested on hit-and-run charges in 2015.

He was due to re­turn to the oc­tagon against Cormier last July only to be banned for a year af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for banned sub­stances just three days be­fore the sched­uled ti­tle bout.

‘‘I made it back, man,’’ Jones said in his post-fight in­ter­view. ‘‘I did a lot of right things to get back in this po­si­tion. Any­body at home who let your­self down, let your fam­ily down, let your peers down, your co-work­ers down, it’s never over, as long as you never quit it’s never over.’’

In the build-up to the fight, Jones sent spec­u­la­tion into over­drive when he stated his de­sire to fight for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion and cur­rent WWE star Brock Les­nar.

Les­nar can­not re­turn to the UFC un­til he com­pletes a 12-month dop­ing ban stem­ming from his bout with Kiwi Mark Hunt last year.

But Jones wasted lit­tle time adding fuel to the fire as he called out Les­nar from in­side the cage.

‘‘Brock Les­nar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your a.. kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you meet me in the oc­tagon.’’

Hyped as the big­gest grudge match in the UFC, Jones and Cormier’s heated ri­valry dates back to 2014 when they came to blows at a pro­mo­tional event.

The duo then met in the oc­tagon a year later, with Jones de­fend­ing his belt via a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion and there has been lit­tle love lost since.


Jon Jones (left) el­bows Daniel Cormier dur­ing their UFC fight won by Jones in Cal­i­for­nia yes­ter­day.

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