UFC 178 Preview: Jones vs Cormier
I don’t like Daniel Cormier, let me get that out right away. Hate is a strong word but yeah I hate Daniel Cormier, let’s put it that way. I don’t feel like he deserves the title shot he is getting right now. What makes more sense for me would be having the surging Anthony “Rumble” Johnson get a crack at Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones. Nevertheless, he’s getting the title shot that he has been begging for since he moved down to Light Heavyweight.
Their recent scuffle only adds fuel to the fire. This definitely means war! Check out the video below. This is the best video that I have found so far online:
Jon Jones is not perfect. He is not well-loved by UFC fans. I have compared him before with Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (which was very accurate at that time he bolted for the Miami Heat four years ago) but a more apt comparison would be Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. The way they are willing to do anything to win. They will try anything to take out their opponents’ heart. Whatever it takes to come out on top. The way both likes to have an edge, an upper-hand over their opponents.
I would best describe Jon Jones with one word: enigmatic. From his hilarious Instagram videos that he often deletes. He likes the attention and feeds off of it. He feeds off the hate. You can say whatever you want about him outside the octagon but inside of it, he has no peers. Anderson Silva might have been a great argument a couple of years back but he’s got a long road back to the top of the mountain.
Many would say that this brawl was a stunt. That rings true in some ways. But these two genuinely hate each other. Those are real punches thrown. Here’s what I have noticed though, Jon Jones has already won the mental game. He postured up to DC and DC pushed him away, a sign of weakness. He can break you mentally. He showed Cormier who the real Alpha Male is between the two of them. How this translates into their fight will not be known until their fight, which is 53 days away as of this writing.
This scene somehow reminds me of the Brawl in the Palace between the Pistons and the Pacers. The way Ben Wallace shoved the guy formerly known as Ron Artest. Jones might be punished similar to what happened to Artest but this certainly will boost the PPV sales. This might be tons better than Jones vs Evans. As a fight fan, I can’t wait to see how this goes down. A lot can happen in 53 days though there are a lot of events in between now and this fight. One thing is for sure, I can’t wait for this fight! We will see who is the true Alpha male of the Light Heavyweight division come Sept. 27! Save the date!