UFC 214 Preview: Jones squares off as big favourite vs. Cormier

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"I had always envisioned going down as the greatest of all time, and that's never left my sights. I just think it's going to be sparring and then one more day and then as a effect (I get the belt) and am very happy". "He's amusing, he has good friends and s-- ..." After an emphatic TKO victory over Chas Skelly at UFC 211, "The Kid" has been looking for a man courageous enough to get in his way, and he may have just found that fighter in Ricardo Lamas. "He just so happened to come into this sport and he's 39-years-old and is f--ing with a guy who's in his prime, a guy who honestly believes this is his era and does everything in his power to make it his era".

Jon Jones (-260 to win this fight) has been his own worst enemy over the last few years, facing two separate suspensions for a legal incident back in 2015, then having a positive test for banned substances in 2016. Cormier has been talking up the theory that Jon has been on steroids for the majority of his UFC career, something that clearly irks Jones. Less than three months later, Jones was once again suspended, this time for an in-competition drug test that revealed estrogen blockers in his system prior to UFC 200. A former Olympic wrestler, Cormier had never been taken down in the octagon and had obliterated some of the best fighters of his era. But for both, they have also realized that Saturday night marks a new path, in both cases, win or lose. It is a good thing that the UFC stopped tortutring "Cyborg" and opened the 145 pound women's weight class. Evinger held the Invicta title at 145 pounds for a long time before comiing over to the UFC and she has won 10 fights in a row, not losing since July of 2011. "I already have two, and this will be one more". He's acting like he did that to me. After this fight, people are going to know who she is. But after several fight postponements due to Jones' misconduct outside the cage and Cormier's injuries, the much-anticipated rematch seemed to lose a bit of its lustre that it would've had save a year ago. He made successful title defenses against Alexander Gustafsson, a rematch with Johnson and sandwiched in between, a non-title affair against Anderson Silva. Assuming that the former champion shows up ready to fight, it will be hard to beat him.

Look at the other male fighters on that list.

This hurt Cormier more than the actual loss as it reminded him of his Olympic failure.

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Unless he beats Jones on Saturday, though, there are those who will still deny his greatness. "Why is this not my era?"

He's settled at minus-260 with Cormier coming back at plus-200 (risking $1 to win $2) before tonight's main event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Following the last minute scuppering of their meeting at UFC200, Dana White isn't taking any chances with this bout, and has Jimi Manuwa on standby, but Jones was adamant he wouldn't be facing the Brit. "I do not take last-minute fights, no matter who says what".

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