Injuries, Issues, Animosity Have Ramped Up Hype For Rematch

Published on July 20th, 2017 6:53 pm EST

Ask many fight fans what their most anticipated fight of 2017 is and they will quickly say Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier 2.

How could you not be excited for this fight? After all, arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time (and the most flawed) will be returning to the Octagon to try to regain his Light Heavyweight title. On the other side of the Octagon will be Daniel Cormier, the reigning Heavyweight champion and perfect foil to Jones.

The King is pointing his thumb up signaling the making of an awesome mma fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

To say that Jones and Cormier don't like each other is an understatement. If there was any doubt, simply look to Jones' post-fight comments following their first fight. There was no admission that the hatred was just for show - instead, Jones admonished Cormier for "crying" backstage. The trash talk has been a continuous presence for months as the rematch has moved closer to reality.

These two men were supposed to have their rematch multiple times in the past. First, a Cormier injury derailed things, which led to Jones taking on OSP instead.

After that, Cormier and Jones were famously scheduled to square off in the main event of UFC 200, until Jones was pulled mere hours from the fight due to a positive drug test. Cormier would go on to fight Anderson Silva in an underwhelming affair.

Jones faced a long suspension and there was doubt if he would ever fight again. Would Cormier ever get a chance to avenge his only loss? Fortunately for fans of Jones, the former champion had his suspension reduced. Cormier continued to win in Jones' absence and will now look to defend his title in the main event of UFC 214 next weekend.


In terms of build-up, there is nothing really to compare Cormier vs Jones 2.

In terms of animosity, Cormier vs Jones 2 is off the charts, as both men legitimately despite each other. As mentioned, we've seen that this isn't an act, as there was no letdown of the animosity in the immediate aftermath of their first fight.

In terms of the talent involved, Cormier vs Jones 2 is untouchable as well, as you have possibly the GOAT (Jones) going against a guy who will surely be going into the UFC Hall of Fame when his career is done (Daniel Cormier). Remember this - Cormier has fought at both Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight, beating the likes of Frank Mir, Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (x2). Jones is the only blemish on his record.

This is a one in a lifetime rematch, and I can't wait to watch it.