Cormier and Jones are preparing to fight on July 29th, in a bout that will headline UFC 214 in Anaheim. The fight will mark the second time the rivals have thrown down, as in January, 2015, Jones won the bout via unanimous decision,
“I think it’s a different, shorter version of the first fight but playing out the same way,” Winkeljohn said. “I think Daniel’s going to get frustrated because he can’t get a takedown. He’s going to get frustrated because he can’t hit big bombs like he’s used to, and there’s going to be some frustration on his part.
“Jon’s focus is on point. When Jon gets on top of someone on the ground, it’s always a bloody mess with elbows, et cetera. He’s got great submissions from there too, and Jon can take Daniel down like you saw last time, there’s no doubt about it. But on the way, there are a lot of strikes that Daniel’s going to run into before he gets taken down.”
Cormier and his boosters will likely take issue with this prediction. Not only has the light-heavyweight never been finished, as noted above, but Jones hasn’t stopped an opponent since 2013, when he took out Chael Sonnen.
On the other hand, Jones has only fought top contenders since then, and there’s no shame in going 25 minutes with the likes of Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira, Ovince Saint Preux and Cormier.
It’s going to be a fascinating night; no question.