Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Believe People Are Over Simplifying Their UFC 182 Match-Up

December 31, 2014
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Many people look at the UFC 182 main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and undefeated former Olympian Daniel Cormier as a match-up that centers around whether Cormier can impose his wrestling on the top pound-for-pound fighter.

In reality, it’s a complicated stylistic paring with endless variables. Cormier is more than a wrestler, and Jones isn’t exactly a fish out of water on the ground.

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier brawl (fight)“You know, there’s no one way for anyone to win a fight. I think people are kind of getting very narrow-minded in terms of how this fight can play out. How one guy has to win or one guy has to win. There is no set way in how I have to win this fight. I mean, if I don’t secure takedowns that doesn’t mean that I cannot win this fight,” said the challenger during a recent media conference call. “I think we need to look at it a little broader, instead of being so narrow minded.”

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Jones, who has faced several accomplished wrestlers in his career, finds it interesting that people are simplifying the fight and reducing it down and focusing mainly on the wrestling aspect.

“I love the fact that people assume that if Daniel takes me down he wins the fight. I love how people assume that he needs to get close to me and then I’m suddenly at some type of a disadvantage. Honestly man, I’m so secure in my abilities as a fighter; in the clinch, dirty-boxing, my jiu-jitsu, my top game, my bottom game, about my wrestling,” said the champion.

“I have no insecurities when it comes to my skill-set. Rashad Evans… he’s like, ‘to beat Jon you’ve got to get in his chest.’ I’m like, ‘Okay. With me knowing that, you think I’m not preparing anything close range, anything from the bottom? I just find it very fascinating. The whole thing is very fascinating,” added Jones.

UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier takes place on Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event kicks off the UFC’s 2015 schedule.

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  • Timothy Malone

    I’ve also seen people oversimplify it by saying Jones has too much of a reach advantage. Cormier used to fight at heavyweight; every single guy he has ever faced as been taller than him and he obviously beat them all. I would think he would know a thing or two about dealing with reach.

    • hyperbole

      Nobody has an 84 inch reach like Jones. DC might find a sparring partner with 80, but Jones is a freak at that weight. To me, it’s all about being in or out of that range. He can’t play around in that middle zone. DC isn’t fast enough to counter over the top of jabs and punches and we’ve seen Jones use great elbows inside. People simplify because it truly is such a huge advantage being that long. I give DC a decent chance, but a boring grinder of a fight. He’s got live punches, but not the length or the skill on the feet to even risk a standup battle. Wrestle early and test Jones’s chin late. Jones is an excellent wrestler in his own right, DC is way more accomplished in that area. I just don’t see why you’d risk fighting another man’s gameplan. The problem arises if DC finds he can’t take Jones down or Jones’s active guard ends up damaging DC. Those elbows are dangerous. Jones will be too much; DC is just too late to the game.

      • cheflacsto

        I agree with your assessment, completely. Obviously anything can happen when it comes to a lucky punch or an injury, but all things considered even if Daniel out wrestles him I can’t see him finishing Jon with a submission or ground and pound because he took a long time to finish a old Hendo, and you are right if Jon stuffs the takedown or does damage from the bottom it could be a long five rounds for D.C.

      • Raymond Gonzalez

        I see it coming down to Cormier being gut-checked trying to nullify Jones’ range advantage. Nobody can pour it on like Jones. Cormier has a lot of willpower and his style is made to close distance and do damage and control position. This will be decided by very small windows of opportunity on the outside of Cormier’s striking range. If he can set up one of those big overhand rights by selling Jones on a takedown attempt, the tide of the fight could quickly change. Also, Cormier has crushing top control. If he does land a takedown, he could win rounds with a little lay ‘n pray. He will do whatever it takes to win, even be a blanket. That being said, I believe Jones has this, simply due to the fact that he has been tested several times now. He always finds a way to win. This has not been the same for Cormier. He’s been the bridesmaid a few times, but never the bride. As the wrestling coach in Jones’ spot on the last UFC Embedded candidly quipped: “Second place is a habit”. Jones doesn’t have a “2nd place” kind of mentality. Cormier will have to kill him to take that belt away.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I’m not oversimplifying anything. I just don’t see DC being successful with the skills he has used in his other fights. They won’t transition to what Jones brings to the cage. Dan is fast, but Jones is faster. Dan is a great wrestler, but so is Jones. Jones can easily keep him at a distance and tee off on him, we’ve already seen him do that. I can see Jones grabbing him in a plum and kneeing him into a TKO. Dan could get a lucky punch if Jones gets too cocky?

  • StopFitchn

    Mandatory eye wear required for fighting Jon Jones should be plastic goggles

    • TheCerealKiller

      I don’t like it, but he’s playing by the rules. They need to change the rules to say you cannot hold your fingers straight out at an opponent. He is extending his fingers and keeping them pointed straight at his opponents eyes. Jones has a 12 inch reach advantage over Dan, we know what’s going to be right in his face.