The prelims are over for UFC 214, and now it’s time to move to the main card, which will feature not one, not two, but three title fights…
Tonight’s event is going down in Anaheim, California. In the headliner, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier will battle longtime rival, Jon Jones.
The preliminary card results are below:
Ricardo Lamas def. Jason Knight via TKO (punches) R1, 4:34
Aljamain Sterling def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)
Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano via submission (guillotine choke) R3, 2:59
Calvin Kattar def.Andre Fili (145) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via KO (punches) R1, 3:04
Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Not long into the bout, Manuwa clinched up with Oezdemir, but the latter buckled his knees with a left hook to the chin. As Manuwa stumbled backwards, Oezdemir landed a couple more shots that sent the light-heavyweight crashing to the mat. Oezdemir fired down more punches from above and that was that. Another huge win for Oezdemir.
Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa via KO (punches) R1, 0:22
Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
Lawler came out chucking heavy bombs right out of the gate and stunned Cerrone. The latter managed to clinch up and weather the storm, but his left eye was swollen. Lawler continued to press forward with heavy attacks, but Cerrone countered nicely with a takedown. Cerrone was able to mix up his strikes more in the opening moments of round two, and fired off some nice combos. Lawler came out winging big kicks in round three, and also threatened with some hard lefts. Cerrone appeared to be favoring the right side of his body, but continued to fire back. In the final moments, Cerrone took a shot to the eye which made hims wince badly. Close fight.
Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya Evinger
“Cyborg” clipped Evinger with a left hand seconds in that momentarily dropped her to the floor. Evinger pulled guard moments later but Justino backed up and out. “Cyborg” winged a big headkick that missed and Evinger briefly took Justino down. After the action was stopped, due to an eye poke Justino took, the latter resumed pressuring. “Cyborg” planted a huge right shortly before the opening round ended. “Cyborg” continued a steady diet of kicks in round two, and was far busier of the two with punches. Although Evinger was outgunned, she continued to hang in there.
In round three, Justino bombed in a big right and Evinger went reeling to the floor not long after. “Cyborg” let her back to her feet, but not long after, she returned her to the mat with a knee to the head. Justino lays claim to the vacant 145 title. Gusty performance by Evinger.
Cris “Cyborg” def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (strikes) R3, 1:56
Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia
Maia came out aggressively and almost scored a takedown. Maia’s left eye was badly swollen moments in. Third takedown attempt from Maia is stopped by Woodley, but he grabbed the fence and received a warning from referee Herb Dean. Replay shows it was likely an uppercut from Woodley that caused the extensive swelling on Maia’s left eye. Not long into round two, Woodley sent Maia to the deck with a right hand, and then let the renowned grappler up. Woodley’s stepped up his attacks. Maia had more repeated TD attempts squashed. Maia continued to attempt takedowns and eat counters for his efforts in round three. Maia started to throw more kicks as the round neared its end. Fans are booing.
In round four, Maia got deep on a single leg, but was unable to take Woodley down. The champ landed some hard punches during the frame, but Maia continued to press forward. Maia drove hard for another takedown moments into round five, but Woodley threw him off. Fans started chanting “boring”. Woodley clearly thinks he won, but the champ likely didn’t increase fanbase, by not hunting for the finish more.
Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones
Jones came out very aggressively, firing kicks and punches. Cormier countered with an uppercut that knocked “Bones'” mouthpiece out. Jones scored a TD but Cormier got right back up. Cormier pressed forward while Jones looked to counter. Cormier landed a nice combo late in the round and threatened with a big right. Cormier continued to pressure in round two, but during an exchange, their heads collided. Jones kept Cormier at bay with kicks from the outside. The two busted out some taunts. Cormier scored a nice trip but Jones jumped right back to his feet. Cormier planted a hard right before the second round ended.
The varied strikes of Jones continued during the opening moments of round three. Cormier continued to press forward but ate a left high kick that sent him stumbling backwards. Jones swarmed in with a flurry of strikes, and brought about the stoppage. Jones is the champ once again.
Cormier appeared to be upset with referee John McCarthy, but he clearly was badly hurt and stunned, even after the fight was stopped. Jones is extremely emotional after reclaiming the belt.
Following his win, Jones credited Cormier for being a great champion, and then proceeded to call out Brock Lesnar.
Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier via TKO (kick and punches) R3, 3:01