The Main Card
In a sport as explosive as MMA, there will always be rivalries that may as well be ticking time bombs. The Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fight is long overdue, and this bomb is about to explode at the start of the New Year at UFC® 182 on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The two, originally slated to fight one another on Sep. 27.,had to postpone their match due to Jones’ leg injury. Many speculated, however, that the postponing of the fight had more to do with the volatility of the two’s rivalry.
As UFC® President Dana White has brought the two’s contention to a slow and steady boil, the heavyweights will finally have the chance to go head to head at UFC® 182.
While we all sit and wait for the highly anticipated fight, let’s take a look at a few reasons why this match is either man’s fight:
3 Reasons to Bet on Daniel Cormier:
1. Better Record
Cormier is 15-0 in his professional fighter career, making him undefeated in the UFC®.
2. Olympian Wrestler
The 35-year- old went to the 2004 Olympics and competed on five United States’ world wrestling teams.
3. The Mental Game
Cormier has admitted to using the show he commentates, UFC Tonight, to get a message to Jones in a big way and to psych him out before they go head to head. The question is, is it working?
3 Reasons to Bet on Jon Jones:
1. Physical Advantage
Jones is taller with a significantly longer reach. At 6’4, the New York native has at least five inches on Cormier.
Jones is known for his creative, agile fighting style. With it, he has become an energetic fighter, bringing an element of unpredictability to the Octagon™.
There is no getting around the physical differences or the age difference of these two opposite fighters. Jones is only 27 while Cormier is a middle-aged man.
Despite the Rousey and Zingano fight being moved to UFC® 184, this card still carries some serious weight.
Donald Cerrone, better known as “Cowboy”, will fight Miles “Fury” Jury. The two have been in talks to fight for some time now, and it was only recently announced that their fight was moved to the main card of UFC® 182 at the start of the New Year.
While both lightweight fighters have similar reach, and are of similar size, arguments could be made why both may be able to take down the other:
2 Reasons to Bet on Donald Cerrone:
1. Big Year
Cerrone has had a huge year. He has hardened up his already impressive physique and taken on big names. Let us not forget his takedown of the Eddie Alvarez this past year.
Having 26 wins under his belt, he has become a well-seasoned fighter. Whether with head-kicks, submissions or takedowns, the Albuquerque fighter wins any way he can.
2 Reasons to Bet on Myles Jury:
Myles Jury has yet to lose since joining the UFC® in the middle of 2012. Completely undefeated, he is becoming the one to beat.
Again, it is important to remember to never underestimate the power of youth. The baby-faced fighter may look innocent, but the agile edge that the five year difference between him and Cerrone gives him may be the deciding factor in this fight.
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