Published: Mon, July 31, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

UFC 214 preview: 'Jones vs. Cormier 2'

UFC 214 preview: 'Jones vs. Cormier 2'

It's worth noting that Jones' definition of himself doing "everything in his power to make it his era" ignores the drug policy violation that got him suspended for a year in 2016, the late-night vehicle crash in 2015 that injured a pregnant woman and forced the UFC to strip him of his title, and countless other out-of-octagon issues that have plagued the 30-year-old's career.

First of all, the UFC was forced to deny the professional wrestling star had re-enrolled in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug testing pool.

Cormier finally has a way to win this Saturday, but he is an underdog.

That's why it's hard to be totally invested in Jones again, even if he is able to safely make it into the Octagon for his first fight since April 23, 2016, and just his fifth fight since the summer of 2013.

Lesnar was then questioned about the fight by the AP, noting that he would fight Jones anywhere, anytime...

With the way it is stacked up, local combat sports writer and observer Mike Miguel expects fight fans to get a kick from UFC 214 and, ditto, urging them not to miss it. He just so happened to come into the sport, he's 39 years old and he's f*****g with a guy who's in his prime.

"I never intended on having an image of being the bad guy", Jones said. "That was genuine, man". I got caught up in my own s**t.

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"I'm just comfortable with me". "I think I'm going to do sparring Saturday at the gym".

Like Cyborg, Evinger maximized her time competing under the Invicta FC banner, rising to the top of the bantamweight division and posting an undefeated record in eight appearances to extend her unbeaten streak to 11 heading into Saturday's contest.

"I'm just looking for that ideal fight, and hopefully Demian Maia will be one step closer to that one".

The UFC light heavyweight champion clocked in at 205 pounds at the UFC 214 early weigh-ins on Friday, silencing critics who were skeptical Cormier would make the weight cut because of a controversy-marred weigh-in prior to UFC 210.

The 38-year-old Cormier then moved to the UFC at heavyweight, going undefeated by beating Roy Nelson and former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The pair met previously at UFC 182, with Jones handing Cormier his only professional loss after five, hard-fought rounds. "Right now he should be anxious about D.C. on Saturday night".

"I think it will be one of the greatest fights in MMA history because the skill level is higher than it's ever been", Jones said. "I want him to be the champion right now.' So all the people that said they gave me a title, I will literally give him the title and say, 'You're the champ now, deal with this s**t". "It's the last thing for me to do".

Yet his words when he is onstage with Jones always seem to be drowned out by boos. "I feel like we've been there for the guy every time he's had a problem, and for him to do that at UFC 200, I was just..." I admire a lot of things about you.

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