Daniel Cormier Steps in to Face Jon Jones at UFC 178 After Alexander Gustafsson Injured

July 23, 2014
94 Comments

Jon Jones vs Daniel CormierThe Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson has been put on the shelf due to injury. But what is Gustafsson’s loss is Daniel Cormier’s gain.

Gustafsson suffered a knee injury that has forced him out of the bout, according to UFC officials on Wednesday. With Gustafsson unable to fight, the promotion shifted its focus to Cormier, who accepted the fight and will challenge for Jones’ light heavyweight title at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas.

Jones (20-1) has only fought three times in the past two years, including a dominant victory over Glover Teixeira that followed his five-round epic decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson that necessitated a rematch.

Gustafsson dispatched of Jimi Manuwa while awaiting the opportunity for a rematch, but has now had the second shot at Jones snatched away by injury.

Cormier (15-0) has fought five times in the past two years, which included victories over the likes of Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, and, most recently, Dan Henderson.

Jones and Cormier have traded several barbs over social media, but will finally get to settle the score in the Octagon a little sooner that either had expected.

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  • Dude

    I thought that he was getting knee surgery

    • MuayThaiFood

      Expect a lot of oblique kicks to that knee.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        Followed up with some eye pokes.

  • Muttley76

    Wonder what all the haters will say after Jones wins (and likely beats Gus eventually on the rematch).

    • We.Are.Legion

      Oh okay good, he finally got the match he wanted, the short, fat wrestler with no hands.

      • Muttley76

        Short and fat (as far as wrestling goes) isn’t a bad thing. But I’m not disagreeing he should win, just find it humorous that when he was fighting Gus people say he would lose to DC and now people are of course going to say the exact opposite. While I don’t always agree with his out of octagon stuff, I wish more people were more appreciative of how good JJ truly is inside it.

    • iamaman

      theyll say…”dc’s knees were bad…he deserves a rematch so he can fight at 100%”

    • brad king

      wonder what all the huggers will say after jones is stopped shortly after DC manhandles him to the ground.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    let the talk beging

  • HpPavilion22

    Gus ,Jones, and Corimer are all amazing fighters.. match up any 2 and you get an awesome fair fight

    • PrideMMA

      Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  • Darin

    Will Cormier be allowed to wear goggles?

  • dsfds

    How long has DC had an addiction to butter?

  • jimmy777

    YESSSSSSSSSS YESSSSSSSSSSSS This is the fight I wanted to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Busted nose

      Jones will dazzle as he pulls new things out of his bag of great fighting techniques

  • jimmy777

    Jones gonna lose the belt….

  • dsfds

    DC gonna lose his streak…

  • bvol

    DC will beat jones. He is taylor made for jones. Jones needs a bully that doesn’t get tired and that’s what Daniel is. Solid hands and a much better wrestler than jones. This is the fight I wanted to see.

    • Muttley76

      Definitely a better amateur pedigree but Jones has showed to be like GSP n that his mma wrestling is about as good as any.

      • Baller31

        Cormier is an Olympic wrestler who just manhandled another Olympic wrestler (Henderson). Also, Gustafson out wrestled jones. Cormier wrestles on a much higher level than jones, or anyone else in that division.

        • taylor2008

          Sorry, but Hendo is around 40 or over. You cant compare Hendo now.
          I think Jones knees and elbows are going to slowly hurt Cormier over time and slow down his wrestling.

          • deepgrim

            yes hendo is old but he still rag dolled him like no one he has faced before and rashad is a recent fight who couldnt out wrestle him. cormier has been very good at forcing his game plan on people and if he can again he can definately win, but jones always seems to have a new trick in his book. dc is trying to deter jones from kicking him by saying that it feeds him his leg and makes him easier to take down, dc doesnt have great GnP tho so i think jones wont be too afraid

          • Muttley76

            Rag dolling a post-TRT Hendo at 40-something doesn’t make me a believer quite yet, sorry. Jones doesn’t have to out-wrestle DC, just neutralize him, plus by all accounts his BJJ is pretty good, so I just don’t think DC can man handle him that easily. Jones did get out-wrestled at times by Gus, but considering how badly JJ has dominated more decorated wrestlers in the past I’m willing to chalk that up to surprise lol. I’m just interested to see the fight, and until someone dethrones him, I have a hard time seeing anyone at ’05 beating JJ.

          • deepgrim

            jones has faired well against wrestlers in the past but non of them compare to dc in terms of wrestling. of course one thing we havent seen yet is how dc will respond to been hit, no one has really hit him yet but jones obviously will, so it may be interesting to see if dc will go into a retreat mode or will continue to go forward like cain

    • ac

      Either way, I think most people would agree that the wrestling will be a major factor. The tone of the match will be decided by whether Jones can stop Cormier taking him to the mat or even get Cormier down.

  • bvoI

    Jones’ kicks negate DC’s everything. DC’s built like a T-rex, with those stumpy arms and legs. Jones will literally step over every shoot DC goes for. Like he did to Rampage and Shogun.

    • Joe h

      Only rampage and shogun aren’t half the wrestler Cormier is bad comparison

    • taylor2008

      Cormier is a far better wrestler than any of those 2. I still think Jones will win.

  • Lose strap or gain da G.O.A.T

    DC wins by third round refs stoppage via ground in pound. If by some way jones pulls off the win I will give him his do as the greatest of all time!!! But he won’t beat DC not only will he win but he will make it look easy

    • natpaukar7

      I am a fan of bold statements and I give yours two thumbs up. This comes down to confidence, of which doc has more and will not slip into stagnation like jones, albeit craftily and skillfully, has made his other opponents do. Dc by unanimous decision, he’ll get a round I believe.

  • Ufc needed some good news

    Hot dang this almost make up for the fact chetor belfort

  • uncle

    Jones knows DC is a walk in the park compared to Gus.
    This short troll really think he is going to out wrestle Jon
    DC will need to get close and Jones is the master of distance. And its a 5 rounds DC’s hot chili dog diet
    is going to catch up with him in this fight.

    • What that don’t make since

      Jones said himself DC was a tougher fight why he wanted to fight him first so how fighting the tough challenge a cake walk don’t make since dude

      • TheCerealKiller

        Since? You mean sense?

        They need to remove the guest comment option.

        • Spelling be champ

          U burnt me my spell check kicked out the wrong word but thank the good lord u hang in every word I write to catch that because misspelled words are completely intolerable wow

          • TheCerealKiller

            Spelling Bee champ?

          • Sir_Roy

            OK. I lol’d.

          • Brent

            hehehehe

        • earlsimmons

          correcting grammar eh? Your either a horrible troll or just a loser if you need to correct grammar on an mma website full of bros.

      • taylor2008

        Jones said that himself because he knows Gus will give him a better fight. Gus put a beating on jones the first fight….and he will do it again. Jones doesnt want Gus again.

      • uncle

        Do you really believe Jones ?
        he has size and reach advantage over
        DC with Gus it’s pretty even, so tougher
        fight I’m not buying it.

    • Obi-Wan Granoli

      Either of those fights will be a tough fight man. but DC’s cardio has yet to be questionable, he spars with Cain all day every day, how can his cardio possibly be a weak point?

  • Gary Fredericks

    Daniel Cormier is the Cleveland Brown of MMA!!! Seriously….close your eyes with The Cleveland Brown Show on and you will swear that Dan Cormier is in the room with you.

    Jones is gonna kill Cleve…er….Cormier. First death in the UFC.

    • Gary Fredericks

      See???

      • earlsimmons

        no resemblance at all….

    • Cleveland rocks honest

      Cleveland got lebron manzell n now DC

    • Sir_Roy

      Ah. You’re one of them blokes who thinks all black men look alike. Gotcha.

      • Gary Fredericks

        Is that really the best you can come up with???

        • Sir_Roy

          Didn’t know I had enrolled in some sort of competition. Sure as hell know that my comment is not meant to win your approval or impress. It is what it is. There is absolutely ZERO resemblance between Cleveland Brown and Daniel Cormier. So my comment speaks for itself. You’re just dumb enough to think there is.

          • Gary Fredericks

            You didn’t. No competition. I was speaking of your poor attempt to label me a racist. Your comment was pretty stupid for lacking anything to do with what I posted. How did you come up with your accusation that I think all blacks look alike anyways? Poor trolling attempt? That’s just idiocy on your part guy. Nothing racial even insinuated in my post.

          • Sir_Roy

            Well, calling African Americans “Blacks” sure ain’t winning you any brownie points champ. Good job “Gary”.

          • Gary Fredericks

            That’s funny. My black friends refer to themselves as black. Nice try though, but I fear you are really trying too hard and in vane.

          • Sir_Roy

            Very different referring to oneself as “Black” and the race as “Blacks” dude. Just like there’s a difference between “vane” and “vain”. Only the latter is grammatical in nature (no biggie) whereas the former really is racial. Hey, you learn something new everyday bud!

          • Gary Fredericks

            This is the first place I ever heard that “blacks” was a derogatory statement. By your logic, I should really feel racist when I call white people “whites”???? LOL

            Keep trying…..bud!

  • shakejunt

    at least we finally get this out of the way. cormier is gonna be in for a long night when he realizes jon isn’t a one-dimensional hw or a shell of a legend.

    • Sir_Roy

      No. Jones is neither. Nor does Cormier take him as such (based on the majority of his interviews). But then, neither is Cormier so any which way you look at this, we’re in for one hell of a fight.

  • Brent

    Don’t sleep on DC. Former Olympian. Great camp. Neutralizes his opponents. Who thought Dillashaw was gonna wipe the floor with Barao?

    • TheCerealKiller

      He’s soft enough to sleep on.

      • ugh

        foolish words

      • Sir_Roy

        He’s also strong enough to manhandle heavyweights and rag doll Hendo (who’s raw physical strength is also legendary in the sport).

  • TheCerealKiller

    Why has Dan still not had the knee surgery? Highly suspect! He will lose and then Rumble gets his shot after killing lil Nog.

    • greaseygranny

      I seriously agree with you for once Cereal. Very suspect. This entire debacle is suspect.

  • Joe

    The winner in this fight is the fans. Personally I don’t believe that JJ vs GUS 2 was going to be anything remotely close to their first match(Jackson is too good at what he does not to adjust everything in the strategy to keep that from happening again). I really like Jones as a fighter(with the exception of all the eye pokes) but I think that DC is a bad match up for him. If he does get past DC then I firmly believe that he can beat any heavyweight that’s not in the top five and will have clearly made himself the best current P4P fighter and earned him a spot in the GOAT discussions.

    Just for clarity my thoughts on who currently belong in the GOAT conversation is:
    Anderson
    Fedor
    Couture
    Rickson(probably just sentimental but he made everyone that ever stepped into the ring with him look like they didn’t belong, and the only challenge he didn’t accept was Sakuraba right after the death of his son)
    GSP

    • Sir_Roy

      Couture doesn’t belong in that conversation. At all. Let alone in a tier higher than GSP.
      Your list, you have the right to call it how you see it, but as it’s a public forum I’m merely exercising a right to disagree.

      • Joe

        That list wasn’t in order of ranking, just people I feel could be in the GOAT conversation, I can see the argument for Couture not being there, and in my opinion the only reason I listed him was because of the way he was able to come back better after losses all the way until the end of his career.

        • Sir_Roy

          Fair enough. Like I said, it’s your list! Not a terrible one, but I feel Randy got a lot of publicity breaks under Uncle Dana … his personality carried him far and well it should have. He was a consummate professional.

  • taylor2008

    I think a big deciding factor is going to be Jones knees and especially his elbows. He gets a few shots of those in on Cormier it will slow down his wrestling.

  • mmalive

    Jones is going to wipe the floor with Cormier.

    Cormier thinks that Bones is a weak opponent when it comes to wrestlers in MMA.

    Bones has neutralized quite a few wrestlers: Evans, Bader, Sonnen.

    He has crushed strikers as well. Shogun, Machida, Rampage, Bonner.

    Bones will use his long range to keep Cormier at distance.

    Leg strikes, punches, and jabs.

    Do not forget the vicious razor sharp elbows, and fierce ground and pound.

    Any of those elbows land on DC’s face it will break to pieces( ala Brandon Vera)

    Then we have very good submission game from Bones:

    Chokes ala Machida, Rampage, Shogun style.

    DC will wish he never dropped to light heavyweight.

    Bones via KO or TKO.

    • Sir_Roy

      Jones’ resume is amazing with plenty of highlight reel finishes. He’s the best pound per pounder on paper at the moment without doubt.

      But I think you’re not doing Cormier any favors in your comparisons. Not one of the fighter’s listed are anywhere close to a Daniel Cormier insofar as wrestling pedigree is concerned (two time Olympic wrestler means he’s the best in the sport, bar none). He’s also manhandled heavyweights most of his career and tossed Hendo around like he was a rag-doll. The dude is freakishly strong. Stronger than anyone Jones has faced thus far and Daniel’s style is tailor made to frustrate Jones.

      People state Jones’ reach will do the trick. They don’t know squat about wrestlers stating such things. Cormier will close the distant and lock Jon up. That’s what wrestlers do. He’ll muscle him to the cage, dirty box the crap out of him, throw him to the mats when needed, rinse and repeat.

      Cormier is a bad fight for Jon Jones. We’ll see why soon enough.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        I agree. Jones hasn’t fought anyone of DC’s caliber. Jones will likely lose the strap. If Jones has the odds, I’m betting DC because I’m that confident.

      • mmalive

        Read my posting CLEARLY before you reply.

        Jones has much more variety of winning.

        Unless DC neutralizes Jones attack then DC is finished.

        Jones can win via (ground and pound, razor sharp elbows to the face, choke out, KO, TKO,

        DC only chance is to wrestle or catch Jones which will be very difficult.

        Jones will derail the DC hype and blemish that perfect record.

        Prediction: Jones via KO or TKO ground and pound cracking DC face.

        • Sir_Roy

          Oh I read your post CLEARLY bud. Your just dense and a little full of yourself if you think you can effectively bully someone in an online forum; “Read my posting CLEARLY before you reply” indeed. Lol. Get bent.

          Oh and my very, very low opinion on yours remains very much in place no matter how many times or how “CLEARLY” I peruse. Clear enough for you chump?

          • mmalive

            Sir Roy,

            You free loading LEECH.

            Are you still living at home unemployed leeching off your parents?

            Only low life’s like you make it nice to reply.

            No need to bully anyone. I make post to stupid people like you man.

            Make more sensible and intelligent comments replies will be much different.

            The truth does hurt that you are a low life leecher and very uneducated.

            Back to subject at hand.

            Jones will bury DC via brutal elbows to the face TKO or KO STYLE.

          • Sir_Roy

            Aw, did I hurt your wittle feewings? Lol. Wipe the spittle and drool off your chin champ, take a deep breath and all will be well.

            Listen, obviously English is your second language (“I make post to stupid people like you man”. Yeah. Right. Me Tarzan. Lol) and life has you running loose in the world with very thin skin and an IQ somewhere south of 70 so I’ll just let your angst and sentence structure speak for itself and bow out k?

            If you feel the need to spew more attempts at insults, try a few that haven’t been outdated since the 90’s. “Duh, you still live with your mom. Dur. So there.” Sigh.

    • Maddawgmar

      Your talking about the difference between college level wrestlers and an Olympic level wrestler. Remember Jones is a JuCo wrestler. Not on the same level. His chance of winning depends on how well he keeps Cormier off of him… IMO

      • mmalive

        Read my posting CLEARLY before you reply.

        Jones has much more variety of winning.

        Unless DC neutralizes Jones attack then DC is finished.

        Jones can win via (ground and pound, razor sharp elbows to the face, choke out, KO, TKO,

        DC only chance is to wrestle or catch Jones which will be very difficult.

        Jones will derail the DC hype and blemish that perfect record.

        Prediction: Jones via KO or TKO ground and pound cracking DC face.

  • Chuck Hawes

    Jones will destroy DC. End of story!

    • Ian Price

      You might be surprised in a couple of months

      • Chuck Hawes

        I kind of hope so Ian actually. I like Cormier although he’s been getting a little too cocky lately as his wins have been piling up. It’s just that he has denmolished
        Regards,
        Chuck

    • mmalive

      Chuck, great and 100% true. The Jones haters and going to be in for a hard night. Jones hand will be raised in the end.

  • Lasha

    I am happy this fight, always i want Jones vs. Cormier this is more interesting than Jones vs. Gustafson. Cormier had defeat top opponents than gustafsson, He is 3 promotions world champion and formar Olympic wrestling :))

  • Scooby

    This should be a good fight. Finally, something interesting in the boring friggin’ UFC.

  • TKDGuy

    so Jones is getting the fight he wanted in the first place. That should shut him up (I hope).
    Does Gus automatically get the winner?

    • does it matter

      Yup Jones gets his wish but you know what they say be careful what you wish for cause it might come back and bite you in the ass

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    I don’t see how DC loses. He will walk all over Jones.

  • Ian Price

    Cormier has beaten a bunch of fighters. He’s hardly even lost a round. He dropped down a weight class not because he couldn’t handle HW, but to avoid fighting a friend. Jones is in for a long night!!

  • greaseygranny

    Saw this on Facebook. Was hysterical so I thought I would share.

  • CodyShu

    F*** YES! This is the fight I wanted to see all along. Justice is served.

  • dandogood

    A champion wrestler like Cormier should beat Jones.

  • dandogood

    Look for a Cormier stoppage on Jon Jones.

  • fonzob1

    Cormier will pummel Jones

  • Fritzl

    oh man… gus didnt take this fight because of an injured knee??? well cormier has a bad injury on both of his knees, that needs to be fixed before going to fight again…
    but its just a title fight against the longest reigning champion in the history of this division. who cares?!?!?!
    love this guy.
    cormier is going to kick ass very bad

  • dandogood

    Cormier might snap bones Jones in two?

  • Ron Wheeler

    DC by pushing against cage and dirty boxing like he taught Cain to do against Dos Santos. Boring one-dimensional wrestler with some GNP.