When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones walks out to the octagon to face arch nemesis Daniel Cormier in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 182 this Saturday night (January 3, 2015), he’ll be on the lookout for an historic and record-extending eighth straight 205-pound title defense.

But the stakes are much higher than that, as Jones and Cormier have an extreme amount of bad blood between them, stemming from their first-ever meeting to their long-held Twitter battles and culminating in their now-infamous UFC 178 Media Day brawl last August.

The brawl became an instant sensation and made the fight by far the most anticipated MMA bout of 2014, one that unfortunately fell apart when “Bones” required surgery for a torn meniscus and delayed it until now.

Jones has made his disdain for Cormier very well known, going as far to state that he would “kill” him if he indeed spit in his face as he had promised on their telling “hot mic” session that saw a side of “Bones” that Cormier insisted was the real champ all along.

It appears that Jones is finally settling into the bad guy role that he has seemingly been made for all along, and that’s giving this bout the massive hype and buildup that we just haven’t seen all that much during the injury plagued 2014.

Yet for all of Jones’ talk, the champ will be tasked with what could be his toughest-ever challenge in the octagon, and he’s faced and defeated a laundry list of elite 205-pound talent.

Undefeated at 15-0, Cormier is hell-bent on becoming UFC champ after he fell just short in the Olympics and the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships.

That, coupled with his more-than-impressive skillset, could most definitely make Cormier the first man to defeat Jones in the UFC.

Let’s take a good look at the reasons why.

15 COMMENTS

  1. You make this a very intriguing idea that jbj may loose. I will be neutral dc has thd best wrestling,control,and power in the lhw division for sure, i see dc beating evans, rampage, glover, and vitor, becsuse he is so damn powerful. Im not saying that dc has knockout power. Im saying dc has allot of strength. Dc has the ability to negate jbj reach indefinitely, get inside, and dump jbj on his head. Jbj has imo the best MMA transitional game today, nonody is able to create true modern MMA tactical art likd jbj does. I don’t believe jbj reach will be a factor in his fight against dc, but it can be jbj uses super fast, hard, and snappy high kicks, front kicks. Jones has the chance to show his improving hand techniques as it wouldnt serve him well to kick with dc this will for sure be the most exciting lhw fight of the last couple years.

  2. I haven’t seen Jon go at a competitor like ever. Don’t count him out because. His height and reach advantage is an enormous advantage and makes up for everything mentioned here.

  3. No way can this “authority” on the sport…as he bills himself, can show face here.
    Or he must be just waiting things out. I’m going to be enjoying seeing all these JBJ haters choke on their words.
    FTR..Jon proved himself to be a real douche at the press conference. I know longer like his personality but fighting has nothing to do with that.

  4. You might of been watching the wrong fight. Jones won by a unanimous decision which means he ” BEAT ” Cormier. He took down Cormier who had never been taken off of his feat during a fight. Sorry, your guy lost, but wait, no i am not sorry. Cormier thought he was the best thing going, but Jones proved him very wrong . LOL !

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