Daniel Cormier speaks with UFC reporter Megan Olivi about his title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 178. Hard to pick against Jones versus anyone at 205, but DC has a real good shot based on his skillset. Cormier has the tools to take down Jones and from there who knows what happens, but that wrestling could come in very handy if you are in a close round against Jones. If the striking is fairly even, when Fighter A takes down Fighter B and holds him for some time there, it’s often the tie-breaker for judges in a close round on the feet.
Also the wrestling defense of Cormier will prevent him from being planted on his ass and being rained one by the vicious elbows of Jones.
Striking-wise Jones would appear to have the edge based on his skill and Dhalsim like leg and arm extension. He has a very unique style of striking and his range gives many problems. Cormier however has faced a reach disadvantage against everyone he has ever fought and seems to be able to close the distance very well against all his opponents.
Both fighters have a very strong will to win and that makes for an intriguing contest. Jones showed his heart against Alexander Gustafsson in the 4th and 5th rounds, and it will be interesting to see how Cormier reacts to those championship stanzas, should the bout reach those muddy waters.
But in the end it will likely be a decision for Jones. Possibly similar to the Gustafsson fight where it’s close but a 3-2 win for the champion. Should Jones achieve that victory that will be his 8th title defense, just two shy of the record set by Anderson Silva with 10 title defenses. If Jones pulls it off and goes onto to defeat Gustafsson in the rematch he will be creeping close to becoming considered the greatest ever. Something he would likely then try to cement by making a run at heavyweight.
But before we go too far, he has to step past the toughest challenge to date in 15-0 Daniel Cormier. He hasn’t lost in MMA for a reason and September 27th in Las Vegas is looking to start his own legacy.